Garden Route
Botanical Garden

 

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The Garden Route Botanical Garden is a Public Benefiting Organization.

aimed at the conservation of the unique flora of the Southern cape region. We achieve this through raising awareness of its beauty through our living plant collections, education, scientific research and outreach programmes.

Our organization focus on the flora & fauna.
Through conserving rare & threatened plant species we create habitats that conserve the fauna. We are also a registered nature reserve.

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GARDEN VISIT TIMES:

  • All year 07h30 – 17h30

OFFICE HOURS:

  • Mon – Fri: 08h00 – 17h00

Indigenous Nursery:

  • Mon – Thurs: 08h00 – 17h00
  • Fri: 08h00 – 14h00
  • Sat: 08h00 – 13h00

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Change of Opening Times 2022

Dear Members and Visitors of the Botanical Garden, The Trust would like to inform you that due to financial constraints, logistics and management of the reserve and garden, we have had to re-evaluate some of our operational procedures. The following decisions have...

Bush buck female spotted

One of our resident herbivores , a Bush Buck female was spotted in the afternoon hours inside the mushroom meander forest.In the evenings as the garden gets quiet and the visitors leave, the Bush Buck wander through the Botanical Garden and browse on Aloe and Protea...

RIP Robin Clark 7/12/1934 – 4/7/2022

Robin Clark7/12/1934 – 4/7/2022The Garden Route Botanical Garden lost a great friend and major contributor when Robin Clark passed away on Monday, July 4. Robin made a major contribution to the development and management of the Botanical Garden. Two decades ago he was...

March-May 2022 Newsletter

March-May 2002News  Remarkable Finds at the GRBG  Over the last few months, a number of GRBG Members and volunteers have had the good fortune of coming across some unexpected and intriguing plant and animal species while out and about in the Garden....

The polyphagous shot hole borer (PSHB) in South Africa

The polyphagous shot hole borer (PSHB), Euwallacea fornicatus, is a tiny, invasive ambrosia beetle native to Southeast Asia. Ambrosia beetles are a group of tiny woodboring insects, closely related to weevils, that create gallery systems in the wood they infest. In...

Upcoming Events

9

Sep

Medicinal plant talk & tour

Learn more about using plants as medicine and get to know our local medicinal plants in the Medicinal Spiral at the Garden Route Botanical Garden.

27

Aug

Winter Plant Sale

Our indigenous nursery offers a wide variety of both indoor and outdoor plant species, adapted to the Southern Cape region.

26

Aug

Winter Plant Sale

Our indigenous nursery offers a wide variety of both indoor and outdoor plant species, adapted to the Southern Cape region.

Recurring Events

Medicinal Plant Forum

Come get your hands dirty in the Medicinal Spiral and learn with us! ?

The spiral currently has a collection of 60-70 medicinal plants that are endemic to the Southern Cape. Our goal is to expand this collection to 100 species or more which is only possible with help from the community.

Each month will be different, but the day may include:
? Creating new beds
? Planting in new species (depending on availability)
? Moving plants around that might not be thriving
? De-weeding of beds
? Pruning
? Mulching the beds
? Propagating
? Seed harvesting

By coming to volunteer you will get to know the plants, how to recognise them in the field, how to grow them, how to harvest them, how to use them, and so on.

 

Herbalist, Roxanne Joubert from Lady of the Herbs, will bring her Medicinal Plant books and knowledge and talk about the medicinal properties and uses of the plants that we are working with on the day.

The best way to get to know medicinal plants is to work with them hands-on. ?

When: Every second Wednesday of the month
Time: 14:00 – 16:30
Where: In the Medicinal Spiral in the Garden Route Botanical Garden

Exchange:
The GRBG is an NPO and relies on the community to keep it alive. Therefore, we ask that you still pay the R20 entrance fee or get an annual access card for only R200 which gives you unlimited access a year.

Donations to organisers and the GRBG are also very welcome.

Please contact Roxanne on 081 361 6762 if you need more information.

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Visitor Testimonials

Tranquillity

“The last couple of years the management of the Garden really invested a lot in the upgrades of it. Staff also very friendly.”

-Marius Smith

Peaceful botanical gardens...

“Peaceful, with lots of birds. A place to enjoy nature and peace in safety. Opportunity to take photos all over the area.”

-Ryna

Breathtaking views!

“The Garden Route Botanical Gardens are a beautiful sanctuary in the middle of George. There are breathtaking views of the mountains and a lovely place to run with one’s dogs and explore nature in a safe environment. Highly recommended!”

-Steve F

George Botanical Gardens

“Beautiful serene gardens with lots of interesting hidden areas to explore and relax. Become a member and visit as often as you like and you will also be contributing to the betterment of the gardens.”

-Bridget

Don't miss the mushroom trail

“The gardens are always worth visiting. The cloud reflections in the dam, the sugarbirds visiting the proteas, the bird hide with water lilies in front. One of the gems is the mushroom trail, with lovely rest spots on the well maintained walk. Take a picnic and enjoy. Buy indigenous plants from the nursery.”

-Marina P

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