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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..

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 - Friday:       08h00 – 17h00

Saturday:  09h00 – 13h30


The Cape Floral Kingdom is one of the richest, smallest and most threatened floral kingdoms on Earth, and while there are other major botanic gardens in the Kingdom, there is no botanic garden in the Southern Cape. The Garden Route Botanical Garden Trust therefore plays a vital role in the conservation and study of the rich diversity of plant life in the region.


Mission Statement

The Garden Route Botanical Garden Trust is an independent, non-profit organisation. Its mission is to establish and maintain an indigenous Botanical Garden and establish an Environmental Centre for educational, research, horticultural training, conservation, and recreational purposes.

The outcomes will be:

  • An educational resource for use by all
  • Sustained job creation and training
  • An educational resource for use by all
  • A strong environmental ethic amongst the wider community
  • An eco-tourism venue to give meaning to the "Garden" component of the Garden Route.


House and catalogue the Herbarium collections in accordance with the norms of Herbaria world-wide.

By developing awareness of the flora of the region, and by identifying the importance of the flora in the context of community and environmental health, to enable communities to gain a better understanding of the value, to them, of the regional flora.

Help to instill a better conservation ethic in the region to the benefit of the community and the environment as a whole.

Generate funds and access donations and sponsorships, in order to cover running costs, build up a Botanical Library, and acquire other essential equipment.

1809 - The over-large Swellendam Drostdy had to be sub-divided. George was chosen because of the availability of good water.

1811 - George was declared a separate district and Adriaan Geysbertus van Kervel was appointed the first landdros (Mayor) and held the post until 1819.One of his first acts as mayor, was to dig a furrow to supply the first thirty six plots in George. An 1819 map shows the original furrows and storage dam where they remain to this day in the Garden Route Botanical Gardens. The first Furrow originated from the Rooirivier (Red river) and later a diversionary weir was built at thGardens staffe Camphersdrift River.

1875 - A second dam (now the wetland) was added and the two dams were called the D&O dams. The open furrow below the dams divided into Caledon Street, the eastern fork supplied Courtney and Meade Street, ending at the power plant in Albert Street. The western fork supplied Caledon Street and then divided to run down both sides of York Street.

1884 - The open furrows were replaced with underground pipes, although the water in the old furrows was still running.

1986 - The van Kervel Gardens were proclaimed as a Nature Reserve by the administrator Nico Malan and managed by an advisory committee of the municipality.

1986 - A group of local residents tried to resuscitate the badly alien infested nature reserve. “The main purpose of the Nature reserve is to protect the local indigenous flora. Several Local tree species have been planted” –George Herald 1987

1995 - The Southern Cape Herbarium was founded, staffed by volunteers and Housed at the George Museum.

1996 - Concerned residents and members of local NGO,s get together with the George Municipality to plan a Botanical Gardens on the site.

1997 - The Garden Route Botanical Gardens Trust is formed.

1998 - Clearing of alien vegetation and preparation of planting beds was begun. The pioneer Afromontane forest area on the eastern boundary was planted by volunteers of the George branch of the Botanical Society of South Africa, The South Cape Herbarium, members of the local community and people sentenced to community service under the Department of correctional services.

1998 - October -Official Opening of the Garden Route Botanical Gardens

2001 - Amalgamation of the Southern cape Herbarium with the Garden Route Botanical Gardens Trust.

2002 - Audrey Moriarty buys the premises no 49 Caledon street- this becomes the Moriarty environmental centre. The Southern Cape Herbarium and the GRBG trust offices move to the centre

2010 - Formation of the GRBG Association.

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September - April:      07h00 – 19h00

May - August:             07h30 – 18h00


ENTRANCE FEES:  R10.00 per person. Children under 12 get in for free, if accompanied by an adult. 



Monday - Friday     08h00 – 17h00

Saturday:  08h00 - 13h00

NURSERY Open every Saturday of the month from 09h00 - 13h30. 


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