Floral artist knew Common

2015-08-11 06:01
Betty Dwight was passionate about nature and the Rondebosch Common. She passed away on Saturday. 


Betty Dwight was passionate about nature and the Rondebosch Common. She passed away on Saturday. PHOTO: facebook

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Well-known floral artist and conservationist Betty Bowker Dwight passed away peacefully during Saturday night.

At 90 years of age, she was very frail the past few months as her heart has been failing for some years.

Rondebosch Common was her passion.

In 1976 she began to plan her life’s work that would depict the Common’s flora and fauna, month by month.

She gave permission for the Friends of the Rondebosch Common to create pretty and useful cards which still give the Friends valuable income to help maintain the work on the Common.

In 2007 Dwight received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Cape Times Vodacom Environmental Awards in recognition of her dedication to the Ronde­bosch Common.

Her great wish was to publish a book of her portfolio of her paintings of the Common and, together with the Friends, a beautiful book was created, Rondebosch Common, which has also provided the Friends much-needed funds to continue maintenance work.

She was thrilled that her book was published and sent far and wide to families now living in the United Kingdom and the United States.

According to the Friends, Dwight always knew if a particular species was to be found on the Common and exactly where to find it.

She was an active member both of the Friends and the liaison committee for the Common until recent years. She never missed the Spring flower walks on the Common either – hurrying, eager and smiling, across to the Common as the groups gathered for their Sunday walks.

The Friends say Dwight was a caring member of her community, visiting the sick and lonely at St Anthony’s, Arcadia and the Alexandria Institute, as well as friends and neighbours isolated at home. She was also an active member of her church.

Dwight was born on 15 October 1924.

According to the Friends she lived near Rondebosch Common all her life.

“Her work represents an extraordinary journey in the life of a woman following her childhood passion,” the Friends say.

“We loved you so much, Betty, and we will miss you. Go in peace”.

The next Spring flower walk on 23 August will be dedicated to Dwight. Meet on the grassed area at 11:15.

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