When you think of South Africa, you may think of lions and elephants and deserted beaches. However, the world’s most extraordinary wild plants are growing in an area around Cape Town, and now they are displayed in a botanical art gallery.

Entrepreneur Michael Lutzeyer wants to change the perception of the region. He has created Africa’s first florilegium – an art gallery dedicated to depicting plant life. On his private nature reserve – Grootbos – he now exhibits 124 botanical art illustrations of rare, endangered, or endemic plant species. Lutzeyer especially flew in 44 renowned painters from Japan, South Korea, Italy, the Netherlands, Brazil, Germany and England to complete the project.


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