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New Research on the Leto venus moth in the Garden Route Botanical Garden

The Keurboom Moth (Leto venus) is a Moth endemic to the Southern Cape of South Africa. The large size and unique markings of this moth make it an incredibly attractive specimen to encounter. For most of its life, this moth lives as a larvae in the stems of Keurbooms and Honey Bush. Once the moth emerges, it scarcely lives for more than a day as it has no mouth parts.

Despite research on this moth dating back nearly 80 years, there is still much that it unknown about this moths life-cycle, habits, and morphology. Photographer, Naturalist and Garden Route Botanical Garden (GRBG) Enthusiast, Mr Colin Ralston has recently co-authored two research papers on L. venus based on data collected in the GRBG . This intriguing research studied the feeding habits of L. venus’s larval stage as well as morphological characteristics of the male moth. Below are links to his research.

2018 Grehan & Ralston Leto venus

Grehan, Ralston & Van Noort Leto venus

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Thank you to all those involved in 2019!

2019 has been an incredibly constructive year at the Garden Route Botanical Garden (GRBG). Many new developments took place in our Garden including the construction of a new parking lot and welcome bed, redevelopment of the Tea Garden, planting about 2000 new trees and many other exciting projects. None of these projects would have been possible without the generosity and good will of the supporters of the GRBG. This article intends to thank these good willed individuals.

The Construction of the new Parking Lot and Welcome Bed

  • WTW Construction donated a great deal of G7, as well as their machinery and expertise to level and construct the parking lot.
  • K1 quarries donated 120 cubes of G4 gravel as a topping to our road and parking lot to reduce muddiness when it rains.
  • Keith Kirsten and Elands Nursery donated R20 814.00 worth of trees for the isles of the parking lot
  • 2hire donated one day’s use of their Kabuta digger-loader
  • Tilly Reitz assisted in the landscape design of the welcome bed.

 

Figure 1: New Welcome Bed in Progress

Figure 2: New Parking Lot

The Restaurant and Tea Garden renovation

  • Colleen Gardner from Noordhoek, Capetown donated the Glass-House structure to the GRBG and contributed R 6000.00 to its transport costs to George.
  • Mr Ken Gie oversaw the whole operation from removing the glass-house in Cape Town to reconstructing it in the GRBG Tea Garden.
  • All the participants of the 2019 GRBG Golf Day. The proceeds of this event went towards reconstructing the Glass-House in the tea garden and redeveloping the surrounding garden.
  • Clint du Preez of Groundworx Landscapes assisted in the garden design.
  • BUCO donated some building materials to the project.
  • Prof Adré Boshoff donated varnish for the floors of the Moriarty Centre and the outside tables in the tea garden. He also made monthly donations to augment the salaries of two employees.

Figure 3: A sneak peak at our new restaurant

TREE PLANTINGS

Abour Month Planting

  • The Department of Environment Forestry and Fishery donated 250 trees to the GRBG, 150 of which were planted in the garden.

Figure 4: Donated trees ready to be planted in the GRBG

Figure 5: Donated Trees ready to green a school ground

GreenPop Planting

  • GreenPop donated and planted 1 500 trees in the GRBG as well as facilitated the painting of a fantastic educational mural inspired by the plants and animals of Knysna Forest.
  • Sandy Haddad prepared the tree planting site with his subsoiler. Thanks to Sandy, our trees are now thriving.

Figure 6: Volunteers planting a forest during the GreenPop planting

Figure 7: An educational mural painted at our Education Centre during the GreenPop planting

Precious Tree Project Planting

  • Ray Nolan and Mellissa Dalton of Precious Tree Project planted 40 trees in the GRBG contributing to our new forest

Stiles Tree Planting

  • Stiles planted 20 trees in the GRBG during their end of year function. They intend to add more to this forest each year.

Volunteers

  • An unimaginable amount of work has been done in our nursery, propagation yard and herbarium by three invaluable volunteer teams. The GRBG would like to extend a Heart – Felt thank you to all those involved.
  • A massive thank you must also be given to the talented Mr P. Beukes, who voluntarily constructed a spectacular mosaic of the George Lily in the GRBG. Stiles generously provided the tiles for this project at a greatly discounted cost.

Figure 8: A beautiful mosaic of the George Lily – the GRBG’s Emblem

Other Important Help

  • George Municipality and George Golf Club shared the responsibility of cutting the grass in the GRBG.
  • Sandy Haddad continued to repair our tractor free of charge
  • Chipper SA donated the use of their wood chipper whenever the GRBG needed it.
  • Kelpak donated 120 l of Kelpak fertiliser over the last year.
  • Kraaibosch Nursery donated 50 Aloe vera’s.
  • Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden donated a diversity of fynbos and medicinal plants over the year, as well as training for the GRBG staff members.
  • An anonymous donation of R 5 000 was made to the GRBG nursery.
  • Kraaibosch donated pots to the GRBG nursery
  • Kazin trading donated the rental of a 2.75 x 2.4 m container on a yearly basis for the purpose of storage at our Environmental Education Centre
  • Dr Susanne Mc Gregor donated the purchase and installation of 8 blinds to the Garden Route Environmental Education Centre, making power-point presentations possible.
  • Afrigetics sponsored the labour for removing Typha capensis from the wetland surrounding our Bird Hide
  • Dr Daan Botha donated 6 boxes of botanical books to the Southern Cape Herbarium Library. An additional 3 boxes of botanical books were anonymously donated.

The lists of supporters mentioned above are just a few of a large number of fantastic individuals voluntarily making the operation of our beloved Community Botanical Garden possible. A great thank you to all those involved, and we look forward to another fruitful year to come for all!

Finn Rautenbach

Manager: Garden Route Botanical Garden

 

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Night life of the Garden

Join us on the 20th of December, 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, interesting insects, birds as well as our 11 different species of frogs!

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

Joining us on our tour will be Amphibian Expert Ferdie de Lange, the Garden Route Snakes team and Expert of all things living the Garden Route Botanical Garden, Colin Ralston.

Meeting point – Garden Route Environmental Education Center.

R30.00 to participate

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Christmas in the Garden With Carpe Musicam!

Join us in celebration of the Christmas Spirit at the Garden Route Botanical Garden with Carpe Musicam!

The concert will start at 18:30 at the Concert Lawn at the Garden Route Botanical Garden. Please bring your own chairs and picnic baskets along and be a part of this exciting Christmas Music Performance of modern and traditional favourites, this year for the first time presented by the 90-PIECE CARPE MUSICAM! Orchestra & Choir.

Entrance is free of charge. Donations will be collected in aid of the Garden Route Botanical Garden.

For more information, please call 044 874 1558 or email info@botanicalgarden.org.za

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Halloween movie night

Join us for an open-air screening of the 1978 classic movie, Halloween, as we celebrate the actual day of Halloween at the Garden Route Botanical Garden.

Date: Thursday, 31 October 2019
Time: Gates Open @ 18:00; Show Starts @ 19:00
Cost: R50 pp
Age Restriction: 13PG

There will be loads of prizes for best-dressed as well as snacks and drinks for sale. Bring along your picnic basket, drinks and a chair / blanket and join us for a spooky evening under the stars.

For more information, please contact 044 874 1558 or email info@botanicalgarden.org.za

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Bee Talk

On the 24th of July 2019, Yvette van Wyk presented her findings on the historical interconnection between  humans of the Southern Cape and Honey-bees at the Garden Route Botanical Garden.

2019 An Ancient Relationship between Plants, Bees and Humans

This fascinating research stems from her doctoral thesis – ‘Plants, people, and place: complex, mutualistic, and co-evolving global patterns through time’. Follow the link below to read deeper into van Wyk’s integrally pertinent research

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2019 AGM

On the 22nd of June 2019, the Garden Route Botanical Garden Trust hosted our Annual General Meeting. At this well supported event, we discussed the successes of the year thus far. Below you can find the Curator’s report, where Finn Rautenbach sums up the Garden Route Botanical Garden Trust’s involvement in Environmental Education and Outreach, Fund Raising and Garden Development.

Curator GRBG AGM 22 June 2019

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Autumn plant SALE!

The Garden Route Botanical Garden Nursery is bursting at the seams!

New stock is in, fresh fynbos, limited royal blue and white plumbago and lots colourful vygies to carry us swiftly into autumn. Don’t miss out!! Join us for our annual Autumn sale on the 5th & 6th April!

Also remember autumn is the right time to plant FYNBOS