ANNUALLY, the South African exhibit at the famous Chelsea Flower Show win the highest awards for its display of indigenous flora, much of it showcasing the wealth of the unique Cape floral kingdom. Most often a selection of proteas and pincushions and other fynbos foliage are used en masse to create the focal point of the award winning displays. The magnificent King Protea is South Africa’s national flower and proteas of all varieties are sought after by floral artists across the globe. On Tuesday 2 August Umvoti Garden Club members and guests will be visiting Brayleigh Proteas, home of Murray and Juanita Mason, to learn more about this exciting and rewarding enterprise right on our doorstep and will be able to see how these magnificent blooms are grown, picked and packed for the local flower market. Subject to availability bunches of proteas or pincushions will be on sale after the meeting. Members and guests are encouraged to come along and enjoy an interesting morning starting at 9.30am. Directions to the venue will be signposted off the Muden Road near Merthley Lake turn-off. Please bring chairs to sit on during the presentation and comfortable walking shoes for the excursion through the proteas.