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Tuesday, 11 March 2014 09:11

Geocache Hunt

Every heard of Geocache Treasure Hunt? 

Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location.

Saturday, 08 March 2014 07:36

Garden Maps

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Thursday, 06 March 2014 10:15

Outeniqua Power Van

A unique experience awaits you when you travel on the Outeniqua Power Van’s railbus from George on the Oudtshoorn railway-pass. Panoramic views over the Outeniqua Mountain Nature Reserve can be enjoyed whilst listening to the commentary of an experienced tour guide. The stunning beauty of the Outeniqua Mountains unfolds as you travel one of South Africa’s most scenic routes. Experience the forest, four passes, water falls, seven tunnels, fynbos, proteas, bird, animal life and the panoramic picnic site. Take a picnic basket.


Trading Hours:  Monday to Friday 09h00 - 16h00

Saturday and Sunday 09h00 - 16h00

Contact Details:

LANDLINE:  044 873 5729

Mike 082 440 5847

Dene 082 380 2126

Michelle 084 474 4216


Wednesday, 05 March 2014 08:38

This page is dedicated to the local businesses. men and woman who have helped contribute to the gardens since its inception. The success of the gardens can be measured by simply walking through and admiring all that is around you. It is important to remember that both staff and volunteers work tirelessly to maintain and keep the gardens in the lushes state. Not to mention the many who work in the background, raising funds, organizing events and promoting our cause…  

Tuesday, 04 March 2014 11:40

Get Involved

Donors and Support

Volunteers contribute hugely to the running of the GRBG. In fact a fair portion of the work achieved at the GRBG over the years has been through the dedicated efforts of the Volunteers. Financially the GRBG cannot employ a large staff therefore much of the work accomplished is augmented volunteers.


NAME:                    Garden Route Botanical Garden Trust (Current Account)

BANK:                     Standard Bank, George

ACCOUNT NO:         281 859 183

BRANCH NO:           050 214    

We thank you for your support.


How to become a volunteer?

The GRBG is always in need of, and welcomes new volunteers. Predominantly a person of any age, race or gender can become a volunteer, provided they are friendly and willing to help the GRBG initiative. We have different sectors in the Organization which enjoy volunteer help and new volunteers can choose a sector which best fits their individual skills and passion. The sectors are as follows:


  • Herbarium volunteers work on Tuesday mornings from 09h00-12h00. These Volunteers are responsible for, amongst other things, the following:
  • Mounting and Identifying plant specimens
  • Filing specimens into the Quick Guides
  • Indexing Magazines and Photos
  • Labelling specimens
  • Maintaining of botanic Library
  • Herbarium Volunteers

Garden Volunteers

Garden Volunteers work predominantly outdoors; this team of ladies can often be found weeding, pruning, planting and generally maintaining the gardens. Their favourite spot is the Medicinal Mound, which they largely keep free of weeds and other pests without the help of GRBG staff. Thank you ladies!!!

Nursery Volunteers

The nursery volunteers usually work on Monday and Friday mornings. This group of volunteers work specifically in the GRBG nursery, propagating and caring for the nursery plants.

Jobs include:

  • Watering
  • Labelling
  • Making Cuttings
  • Collecting and propagating seeds
  • Re potting and planting

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer please feel free to contact us.

Support the Gardens

As mentioned before; the GRBG and South Cape Herbarium are community benefiting Organizations dedicated to the conservation of the Flora of the Southern Cape. This organization touches the lives of thousands of people yearly and as such relies largely on the help and support from the general community.

We are always in desperate need of Sponsors, Bequests, donations or project proposals. Remember that donations and Bequests are Tax Free!!! Any person/organization that would like to support the GRBG in any way can gladly do so by either contacting the Offices on 044 8741 558 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Alternatively you can volunteer your time and expertise or become involved with one of our projects or simply join as a member of the GRBG Membership, all of which will greatly help our cause!

(We just abbreviate it to the YES)

WESSA, W Cape is implementing the Dep of Environmental Affairs (DEA) funded year long training programme, Youth Environmental Services. This programme was rolled out in Cape Town, George and the Overberg in January this year. This 3 year programme accepts a new intake for 2013 and 2015. The total programme will benefit 300 youth and their host organisations. The focus of the course is to provide work place experience together with course work, both accredited and unaccredited. The beneficiaries, who receive a training allowance for each day at the work place or on course, have recently completed 6 weeks of unaccredited course work, workshops and professional development. The majority of the 25 beneficiaries in George are resident in Thembalethu, with a few from Pacaltsdorp, Touwsranten, Conville, Parkdene and Borcherds. 

The Garden Route Botanical Garden is an excellent venue for learning about the environment. Module 4 focuses on managing problem plants. The students learned about identifying alien plants, different methods of removing them and maintenance and storage of the equipment. They used posters and playing cards for identifying the alien invasive plants:

Vernon Gibbs-Hall of Eden District Municipality and Dayne de Wet of the GRBG assisted WESSA during the interview process. We were also supported by Colin Ralston, our branch committee chairman and Cingiswa Mtabati, a fellow trustee at the GRBG. To date, WESSa has been able to find host organisations for some of the beneficiaries. Our thanks go to Eden district Municipality and the GRBG who have each undertaken to mentor 5 beneficiaries. The George Sports Academy continues to host 2 of the past students who are now giving back to the programme and mentoring the next group of high school learners. Outeniqua Tree Farm indicated their interest in mentoring a group of 5. This leaves us needing to place another 8, at least, with host organisations. Conservation organisations and municipalities approached have been unable to commit as they are under-staffed or already mentoring students.

During the past 6 weeks, the beneficiaries were introduced to the natural environment through a variety of programmes. These included participation in the WESSA organised World Wetlands Day event at the GRBG. Their introduction to alien vegetation and litter clean-ups was consolidated back in the meeting room where board games were played and education resource materials were used to find out more about wetlands and plants and animals. Activities included enviro picture building games, group work, mini-research projects in the communities and developing a code of conduct to prepare them for the workplace. Elmine Vorster welcomed the group to the George Library where she introduced all to the excitement and job of researching a topic. Lynne Thompson and Monica Vaccaro took the group to the archives of the George Museum where they were presented with a research project to consolidate their new found information. The YES participants also visited Glenwood House where the environmental club learners and Mrs Clare van Rensburg gave them an informative tour of the school wetland and the development of it. the YES participants were assisted in building model aquifers from plastic bottles, to check the function of wetlands and see whose aquifer cleaned the ‘polluted’ water best. The group completed module 1 of the accredited course on 4 and 5 March which focused our natural environment. A tour of the southern Cape biomes in the GRBG was contrasted with the environmental degradation witnessed at a site in the Bo-Dorp. Discussions on sustainable development will be followed in the next module when they work with environmental management tools.

If you would like to take part in a learning experience at the GRBG contact us.

Environmental education forms a crucial component for continued survival on this planet. Man cannot survive without nature, and many of the problems facing humanity today: starvation, thirst, extreme weather, global warming and disease are all a direct result of the destruction of our natural environment.

The GRBG is the ideal outdoor classroom, where people can interface with nature and be given incentives to work toward a unified vision of a healthy earth. It is a primary goal of the GRBG to develop, in conjunction with WESSA and local schools, a curriculum based education programme. In the Garden people can experience the beauty of the Southern Cape’s flora and fauna. WESSA offers the international Eco-Schools programme about environmental management learning and practice at school in conjunction with the GRBG.

WESSA is involved in an ambitious national programme Stepping up to Sustainability. Plans are to retro-fit the Moriarty Environmental Centre and show the public what lifestyle choices can be made to reduce our carbon footprint on the environment.

September 2013: Grade 7 learners and teachers from the St Boniface Primary School, Middelburg, Eastern Cape visited the GRBG. 


If you would like to take part in a learning experience at the GRBG contact us.

Tuesday, 04 March 2014 10:50

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Tuesday, 04 March 2014 10:16

Garden Projects

New Event Venue

It is little secret that The Garden is in need of funding. Through the years this has always been our biggest plight and we are continuously exploring funding opportunities. It was decided that the Garden itself needed to create avenues of continuous income through its operations. We thus funded the erection of the old gazebo roof which stood in York Street. This was quite a challenge as the structure weighs almost four tons and is a very cumbersome object. This venue will be used for music concerts, weddings and the like.



2) Hedge Planting Project

In an effort to erect a barrier around the GRBG an initiative has been started to plant a thorny hedge around the entire border of the GRBG. Barrier plants have been used effectively for thousands of years preceding modern day fences and walls. The correct species and planting system can, in a relatively short period, provide an almost impenetrable barrier.

Some four thousand cuttings have been made from an indigenous plant species occurring in the southern cape, namely the Common Spike thorn Gymnosporia buxifolia. This plant grows rapidly and is an extremely thorny dense growing shrub.

The hedge will not substitute a fence. When it is financially possible to erect a fence the fence will be erected just behind the thorn barrier and in this way the two combined will act as an impenetrable barrier.

Advantages of a living fence include:

  • More pleasing to look at than a wire fence
  • Allows movement of small animals through the barrier
  • Provides habitat and shelter for micro fauna
  • Is more ecologically friendly
  • Costs minimal to erect
  • Will outlast a fence many times over
  • Project account

The GRBG has an independent “Project” Bank account. Money deposited into this account may be used only for the projects that it is specified for. Any persons or businesses that feel led to donate moneys to any of our ongoing projects can feel free to do so and would be much appreciated..

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