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1st and 2nd of February 

Prices on selected trees and plants will be offered at bargain prices and these will be identified by “Yellow Tags” with some items going for as little as R5.00. This is a great opportunity to fill your garden with indigenous trees and plants at greatly reduced prices. Bank card facilities available, lots of parking and light refreshments available at the Getafix Café

Times: Friday 08h30 – 14h30
Saturday 09h00 – 14h00
Sunday closed

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Carols by Candlelight

Come enjoy carols by Candlelight in the garden!
EVERYONE welcome!
Please bring your own chairs and snacks.

Entrance is donation based.
Don’t miss out on this exciting event.

2 December 2018, it starts at 18:30 and ends at 20:30

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Gholf dag 2018

Gholf dag

Die gholf dag wat op 27 September by George gholfklub, ten bate van die Tuinroete Botaniese Tuin gehou is, was ‘n groot sukses.  Die heerlike, sonnige dag het grootliks gesorg vir die lekker atmosfeer wat geheers het.

Die dag is gereël deur Johan Botha en Stephan Gericke – albei baie ervare in die reël van fondsinsamelings funksies. Ons groot dank en waardering aan hulle vir die tyd bestee, die kilometers gery en die oorredingsvermoë gebruik, wat tot groot borge en pryse gelei het. Roger Bath, Elizabeth Boshoff en Joan Shaw het ook ‘n handjie bygesit. ‘n Lys van borge en donateurs verskyn hieronder.


‘n Kruiwa vol drank is ook uitgeloof.  Hierbenewens is ‘n klein wynveiling net voor die prysuitdeling gehou. Buks Gericke het as afslaer opgetree.


Elke speler het ‘n prys ontvang.  Die eerste prys was twee slagskape wat deur Stephan geskenk is. ‘n Lys van die instansies en mense wat pryse geskenk het, verskyn hieronder.

Die kompetisie is gewen deur E Barnard en S Barnard. Jacques Snyman en Danie Conradie was tweede en Ruben Barnard en Martin Oosthuysen derde.  Daar is ongelukkig net enkele foto’s van die spelers geneem –  geen van die wenners – behalwe van Ruben Barnard.

Ons hartlike dank aan almal wat ‘n prys geskenk het, as borg of donateur opgetree het. Ons versoek dat u die instansies wat pryse geskenk, as borge of donateurs opgetree het sal ondersteun.

Die terugvoer aan Johan Botha het ons laat besluit dat, as alles goed gaan, die volgende gholf dag weer op die laaste Donderdag van September 2019 gehou sal word. Maak solank ‘n aantekening van die dag en datum.

Gholfdag Borge OKTOBER


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Real Live

You asked for it, and we’re doing it again! Join up for the 2018 season finale RealLive Concert in the Garden. Again taking place with the spectacular silhouette backdrop of the Outeniqua Mountains, amongst a beautiful indigenous garden setting.

You won’t want to miss out on this stellar lineup, headlining one of South Africa’s top indie bands, Diamond Thug, as well us upcoming bands Poor Princes & Arc the Forest. Also featured are Georges’ local indie heroes, Kloudink, and singer songwriter Mathew Rodriguez. With opening vibes by DJ LJT to get the session off to a foot tapping start.

Food and beverages will be on sale, but you are welcome to bring your own picnic basket and drinks.

Join us for what is set to be another incredible evening of original live music, in the heart of the world renown Garden Route.

Venue: Garden Route Botanical Garden
Online: Quicket
Pre-sale: Caloroso Café – R50
At the gate – R60
Gates open at 17:00, first act at 17:30


Diamond Thug
Poor Princes
Arc the Forest
Mathew Rodriguez

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Garden Roots Expo

The Garden Route Botanical Garden is hosting the very first Garden Roots Expo from Friday 26th October 8:30 —5:00 and Saturday 27th October 8:30 —2:30.


This is planned to be a yearly event and focuses on making your garden your piece of Shangri-La. It includes our Annual Spring sale at the Nursery where really affordable indigenous plants are on sale. The annual Wildflower Show done in conjunction with the George Flowers Arrangers who helped make last year’s show spectacular. Also on view this year will be mini-gardens (reminiscent of the Chelsea Flower Show) created by some of the prominent landscapers and nurseries from the Garden Route to showcase their work. Live music will be on offer throughout the day by local musicians and a themed art exhibition will be held – focussing on nature and plants/animals. As this region of the country is not named the Garden Route for nothing, we hope to have visitors gasping in awe at what can be achieved even in small gardens. Talks on garden ideas and an engaging guest speakers will also be on the agenda, while the hards of gardening such as pots, paving and other gardening paraphernalia will also be showcased.


We hope to show how everyone can create their own piece (peace) of heaven, no matter what the size of your garden.

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Night Life of the Garden

Join us on a night tour around the Garden Route Botanical Garden, and try spot our local night life!

Be on the lookout for the Knysna dwarf chameleon as well as our 10 different species of frogs!

You’ll need • a flashlight and • a very good ear to track their calls, and lastly • lots of enthusiasm!

R30.00 to participate

For more info, contact the GRBG by phone: (044) 874 1558 , fax: 086 627 9445 or email: 🌱🐸

14 November 2018, starts at 19:00 and ends at 21:00

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Golf Day “Shotgun Start”

Join us for our Golf day benefit for the Garden Route Botanical Garden at the George Golf Club.

Winners get a full lamb each, and all players will receive a prize!

Entry Fee: R350.00 per person. 


If you would like to donate prizes or make any other donation, contact us for a donation form at

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Adopt a (garden) bed at the Garden Route Botanical Garden

The significant commercial value of the Garden Route region, its mild climate and astonishing wealth of biodiversity were all instrumental in the creation of the Garden Route Botanical Garden Trust (GRBGT). The notion of the Garden was originally mooted during the 1960’s. The idea persisted until finally during the early 1990’s, a branch of the Botanical Society of South Africa was founded by a group of local members and their first project was the establishment of the GRBG which eventually became the independent Non-profit organisation (NPO) (NPO 009-676) the Garden Route Botanical Garden Trust (GRBGT) (Trust No IT 2704-97). The GRBGT is based at 49 Caledon Street, George.

As the age of technological advance accelerates, George is likewise experiencing rapid growth. Offering a magnificent environment and sound infrastructure, technology makes it possible to conduct business regardless of where one resides. These factors make George a very attractive destination both for business people and retirees, which has resulted in the city’s very rapid growth over the past 20+ years.


While economic growth is the lifeblood of any city, conversely this triggers an almost insatiable appetite for land – both for business and residential purposes to keep pace with the resultant population growth. This fact was recognised many years ago and maintaining the biodiversity of the region necessitated the preservation of our natural history in tandem with the development of our city. This is particularly true in respect of activities which offer opportunities for:

  • Biodiversity Conservation – Plant and animal communities losing ground to encroaching human activities

  • Outdoor biodiversity Education – hands on learning experiences aligned with school curricula as well as adult education

  • Tourism – the GRBG has over time attracted many foreign tourists many of whom have much more than a passing interest in our region’s plant life

  • Heritage Conservation – maintaining George’s rich cultural and historical heritage

  • Recreation – a place of tranquillity and beauty, where tourists and locals alike can benefit from being outdoors in a multi-dimensional environment reflecting the impressive biodiversity of the Garden Route

In the above context therefore a major function of the GRBG is to both maintain the genetic material of our region’s flora and vegetation (for research and future rehabilitation projects) and to create a living collection of these plants of the Garden Route (for environmental education of the ever increasing population of the region and to create a safe haven for plants, animals and people). Hence the need to maintain a Botanical Garden of high quality is of integral importance.


The sole and principal object of this NPO is engaging in the conservation, rehabilitation and protection of the natural environment, including the flora and fauna of the biosphere primarily through the Garden Route Botanical Garden and the Southern Cape Herbarium. These aims are fulfilled by means of a number of projects which the Garden Route Botanical Garden drives.

These projects include the following

  • A sustainable harvesting project in which we encourage the sustainable harvesting of indigenous medicinal plants within the Garden Route Botanical Garden 
  • Environmental education through outreach programmes (such as tree plantings) and by means of the Garden Route Environmental Education Centre
  • Maintaining and displaying a living collection of the highly diverse plant species found within the Southern Cape. This is of the most important aims of a Botanical Garden which needs to be maintained in the highest quality, both genetically and aesthetically in order to preserve the significance of the collection with regards to both environmental education and aesthetic appeal.

Due to the importance of this activity in order to ensure the functionality and beauty of a botanical garden, it is a priority for the GRBGT. It is currently a major project driven by an excited and driven team to bring the standards of the GRBGT’s living collection up to the international standards for which we strive. This has involved redesigning many beds in our garden, creating relevant interpretative signage and accessioned (recorded) plant labels, and accessing and propagating the relevant plant material.


Since the GRBGT is a Trust driven NPO depending largely on sustained consistent funding this highly significant project is currently unable to generate the vital energy input that we are anticipating with the help of your company.

In this context we propose that your company sponsor a thematic bed or beds in the GRBGT. The themed bed will be entirely your preference. You’ll have a number of choices, e.g.:

  • Succulent collections

  • Fynbos displays

  • Afromontane forest beds

  • Permaculture gardens

Every bed has a specific theme and a detailed management plan dictating its use to facilitate environmental education and increasing awareness regarding the importance of preservation of indigenous plants of the Southern Cape. These plans will be used within our education plans in conjunction with the Garden Route Environmental Education Centre. We appeal for your support in providing funds for developing the bed (extra man power and a contribution to the purchase and propagation of accessioned plant material), maintaining the bed (additional labour to assist our staff) and interpretative signage.

There are a number of ways in which we will acknowledge your support of this cause. As a registered NPO/PBO (Public Benefit Organisation), your donation will qualify for a tax exemption certificate. We will also offer space on all interpretative signage in the bed/s you sponsor to acknowledge your company’s contribution to the Garden. In addition we would also offer free membership of the garden for up to 10 of your staff. The various project options you can choose from are attached.

To acquire a detailed description of each garden bed and its significance, please contact Finn Rautenbach using the following email:

Sincere thanks for your time and consideration in supporting the Garden Route Botanical Garden.