The Garden is open to the public at no cost.
September – April: 07h00 – 19h00
August: 07h30 –
Monday – Thursday: 08h00 – 17h00
08h00 – 14h30
There are three main access points into the
• South Gate (49 Caledon Street)
• East Gate (Main Boom Gate)
• North Gate (Mountain Gate)
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The Garden Route, in the Southern Cape Province of South Africa, is
one of the most spectacular scenic areas in the world, with its huge diversity of plants, beautiful
beaches and lagoons, dark foreboding forests, and majestic mountains with ravines and buttresses
through which historic passes and hiking trails meander.
The Garden Route Botanical Garden (“the Garden”), a green lung in the clean
and picturesque town of George, was created to bring awareness of the unique flora
that exists here, its diversity, wonder, and vulnerability.
The GRBG is situated centrally and yet borders mountain forests and the
Outeniqua Nature Reserve. The southern, town side of the Garden, is dominated by two
wetland areas where water-loving plants are set amongst fynbos and trees and visitors
can relax and enjoy the restful ambience and, usually, a display by resident
The George Lily - now the inspiration for the GRBGT's
The Moriarty Environmental Centre houses the Southern Cape
Herbarium, a Tea Garden, a comprehensive Botanical Library, meeting room, and offices, including
the WESSA Educational Office, which drives most of the educational programmes for
Alongside the Centre is an indigenous Nursery which conducts
plant sales to the general public.
In the central portion of the Garden is a Medicinal Mound
which showcases indigenous plants with reputed healing properties.
The Southern Cape Herbarium, which houses a portion
of the floral art collection of the late Audrey Moriarty, is also home to over 15 000
preserved plant specimens, which are core to identifying local indigenous plants, facilitating
research and educating the public. It is one of the Garden’s most precious
The Garden is a photographer’s paradise and is also an
enjoyable venue for family outings as well as just a quiet paradise where one can ‘get away
from it all’.