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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.

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Arbour Week Plant Sale

Saturday the first of September marks the start of our Arbour Week at the Garden Route Botanical Garden Nursery.This celebration will continue until the seventh of September.

Expect to find a diverse range of healthy indigenous plant species available at affordable prices, including a notable range of different tree species. Selected plants will be sold at discounted prices.

Podocarpus latifolius (the Yellow wood) is the South African common tree of the year. In celebration of this, we will be selling yellow wood seedlings for R 10.00 each

Nursery times for the Sale:

Saturday 1st 08h00 – 14h00                                                                                                                                                  CLOSED SUNDAY                                                                                                                                                                    Monday to Thursday 08h30 – 16h30                                                                                                                                    Friday 7th 08h30 – 14h00

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Japanese tree planting

Today marked the Seifu Academy Peace Planting.

170 Fynbos plants were planted, each of which with a personal prayer for World Peace and Harmony on Earth.

This years focus was a commemoration to Nelson Mandela. 67 King Proteas where planted to symbolise the 67 years mr mandela devoted to serving our beloved country. The other plants include a diversity of proteas, Erica’s, leucodendrons and leucospermums.

We look forward to watching these blessed plants grow!

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Science Week at the Garden Route Botanical Garden







The Garden Route Botanical Garden (GRBG) has an exciting programme lined up for science week this year, which takes place from 30 July to 4 August. The programme is aimed mainly at learners and the theme this year is “Deepening our democracy through science.”
• GRBG will collaborate with Nelson Mandela University to offer a course by Dr Tony Rebelo of the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI). The topic is “iNaturalist – an introduction to citizen science and how you can contribute”. Two kid’s courses on this topic will be presented on 30 July. Book early, as space is limited. Contact or phone 044 874 1558. An adult course on this topic can be booked with Di Turner at
• The highlight of this year’s programme is a pantomime by the award-winning Klikkerland. Performances of their shows are taking place in the GRBG as well as the Thembalethu Youth and Science Centre (TYSC). Bookings for the GRBT can be made at / 044 874 1558. For the TYSC shows, contact Nadine Nortier on / 073 279 8326.
Other exciting presentations to look forward to include:
• “Ecological intelligence” presented by the Landmark Foundation
• “Jobs for Carbon/Puzzles” presented by the Gouritz Biosphere Reserve
• Food Gardens presented by Finn Rautenbach
• Soil is life presented by Lorrinda Hakimi
• Reptiles we encounter presented by Nick Kolberg
• Botanical gardens: what they mean to society presented by Matt Seager
• Living Maths, (teachers training workshops on the afternoons 1 and 2 August) presented by Steve Sherman
• Chemistry: the use of Energy and where it comes from presented by Dr Louw Claasens
• Science of infectious diseases and the workings of the body by Dr Bert Hoogenboort
• An exciting 3D video titled Garden: How it is made will be presented by Werner Eckron.
• Heidendal Primary will present a short play about hygiene.
• Starry, starry night – a look at our heavens, will take place on Tuesday 31 July from 19:00 until 21:00 and again on Thursday 2 August at the GRBG Discovery Centre Telescope Pad. Pre-book with Gabby on 044 874 1558. This will be the first time the garden’s new telescope will be in action. GRBG thanks Case Rijsdijk for organising this as a permanent fixture in the garden.

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Yoga/Hike in the Garden


Dont miss out on the next yoga session!

Give yourself the gift of well-being and accompany us for a Yoga & Hiking Retreat at The Garden Route Botanical Garden, George, where you will be surrounded by the stunning natural landscapes of the Botanical Garden and the majestic Outeniqua Mountains. Enjoy a 1.5 hour Yoga session with Amè(YTT200 Qualified Yoga Instructor). Let the beauty, smells and sounds of the environment bombard your senses and depart feeling revived, relaxed and rejuvenated!

Programme: 08h00: Welcoming at the Getafix Restaurant with a glass of fresh juice.

08h10: Yoga will take place in the Botanical Garden or indoors on an unpleasant day.

09h40: Enjoy an omelette at the Getafix Restaurant

10h20: Embark on the hiking trail

12h20: Relax

Booking is essential: 0738777378/

When: Tuesday, 2 January 2018 and again Thursday, 4 January 2018

Where: Botanical Garden

Time: 08h00

Entrance fee: R200(includes the entire programme of events)

Bring your yoga matt and be sure to join us!

If you don’t have a yoga matt, feel free to hire one from us.

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Cloud 9 band presents: Rock n Roll legends

Enjoy an afternoon of live classic rock and pop from the 60’s 70’s and beyond. This is one to put in your diaries for a wonderful afternoon of picnicking, partying and live rock ‘n’ roll music as only Cloud 9 know how.Come and enjoy the wonderful Botanical Garden and then get ready for some fun in the fairly sheltered, lawned / treed bandstand (Gazebo) area. Don’t forget your dancing shoes!

Come earlier to picnic on the lawns.

Bring blankets and folding chairs

ORDER Picnic Baskets from the Getafix Garden Café 044 874 4687
Getafix Garden Cafe ~ Food & Drinks Stall available at the concert

Date: Saturday, 20th January 2018 at 15h00 to 18h00
Tickets: R80.00 each. Kids accompanied by adults are FREE!
For more information 044 874 1558 /