A FLOWER show that died out 20 years ago has been cultivated to make its mark on the conservation calendar again.The Cape Floral Kingdom Expo is a labour of love and a drain on the pocket for Rudy and Marietjie Visser. But they hope that promoting the beauty and diversity of fynbos will increase conservation efforts and boost their dried flower business."We decided in 2013 to re-energise the show because there’s a heritage that we need to keep alive," says Rudy Visser, MD of Floraland, the biggest private employer in Bredasdorp and the largest protea processing factory in the world."This is the industry’s flower show, not a Floraland show, but we took ownership because the heritage would be lost if we didn’t create an exhibition. It costs us money but nobody else stood up and wanted to do it," he said.The dormant Cape Floral Kingdom Expo was last staged in Cape Town in 1993 before reopening at the Mega Park exhibition centre in Bredasdorp, close to Floraland’s factory in the heart o...

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