NEW POND AT THE GRBG NURSERY
This pond was constructed in a water-logged area of the nursery, solving both the drainage problem and the need for a home for our water-plants.
What a stunning Christmas present to see this beautiful flower in full bloom all over town. We see them in blue and in white, tall and small, although almost all the varieties are cultivars of A. praecox.
The Num num is one of our well-known and wonderful indigenous species. I believe this to be a versatile plant for most gardens. It has scented star-shape flowers which are both beautiful and attract insects, it has delicious edible fruit that attract birds to the garden, it does wonderfully as a hedge plant, and makes excellent bonsai. The Num num is a medium to large shrub, mostly they attain up to three meters in height, there are many different cultivars including prostrate varieties.
Botanical Gardens are living collections of plants. Naturally plants die and need to be replaced. Often plant species do not reseed themselves naturally and living plant displays often need to be replenished from outside stock. Very often plants can be expensive to purchase and difficult to obtain, especially on a large scale such as is needed in a botanical garden the size of the GRBG Nursery.
In an effort to propagate plants for planting in the GRBG a small area was set aside a few years ago to grow plants specifically for garden planting. Seeds and cutting material was collected and cultivated in a small greenhouse until large enough for re planting into the garden.
Due to public demand this propagation area has expanded to the point that since 2008 the GRBG officially opened a small retail nursery. This nursery is open to the public on weekdays and specializes in growing plants indigenous to the Southern Cape region of South Africa. We are also able to source a large variety of indigenous plants from various other retailers.
Monday - Thursday: 08h00 – 17h00
Friday: 08h00 – 14h30
NURSERY Open every first Saturday of the month from 09h00 - 12h00.