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Les Brake, South Africa’s Namaqualand: Flowers by the Billions
October 3, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm$30 - $35
Barren for much of the year, western South Africa comes alive late in the southern winter to produce the greatest wildflower spectacle on earth. The region, known as Namaqualand, is home to many species of plants that are grown throughout Alaska, including geranium, gladiolus , nemesia, diascia, and felicia. Join Les Brake as he presents a visual feast from this fascinating area, along with a brief tour of Kirstenbosch Botanic Garden and Kruger National Park.
Where: BP Energy Center, 900 E Benson Blvd, Anchorage, AK 99508
When: October 3rd, 6:30-8pm
Les Brake Biography:
Adopted by a clan of spotted hyenas in South Africa’s Kalahari Desert after both his parents were eaten by lions, Les Brake never did learn to live around humans. After being captured and returned to the U.S. by his maternal grandparents, Les fled to the wilds of Willow, Alaska, where he has been happily gardening for the past thirty-two years. His clan’s motto, “Whatever makes us more feral makes us stronger“, has served him well in rural Alaska. Brake’s work has appeared in over twenty books and magazines, including the Autumn 2016 issue of Garden Design magazine.