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Schnauzer friends fun walk

GEORGE/GARDEN ROUTE SCHNAUZERS! Join us for the second George Schnauzer Friends Fun Walk/Picnic on Saturday the 27th of January 2018 at the Botanical Gardens, 49 Caledon street, George. (Meet at 16:45 – we will be walking at 17:00 sharp). Entrance fee at the Botanical Garden for non-members is R10 per person (not per dog) and FREE for members. ALL socialised schnauzers WELCOME !!! (Small non Schnauzer siblings are welcome as long as they are socialised and love Schnauzers (it’s not fair to leave them at home!!)

Meeting Spot: The walk will start on the open lawn section opposite the public toilets, 49 Caledon Street, George (Parkrun Meeting spot).

Hosted by: Annabel Bovey – Schnauzer Mom to Oliver.

We will walk for about an hour in total and then have a picnic afterwards (optional) please bring your own snacks and drinks.

All dogs must be socialized. Bring your own water, sunscreen etc. We walk our dogs off the leash but you can also walk your dog on the leash if you’d prefer that.

ALL dogs who come on the walk MUST have a collar with a disc with the owners contact number on it in case the dog gets lost or separated from the owner. Please also bring a leash just in case you need it. I also recommend that you put something on your schnauzers collar that will help identify them, like a ribbon of a certain color. It is sometimes craziness and you just want to make it a little bit easier to recognize your schnauzer in a beautiful pack of happy schnauzers !!

NOTE: This is social walk, not an official event in any way – everyone is participating at their own risk. You are wholly responsible for your dog(s).

If it is raining we might cancel so please be sure to check the page if in doubt. Contact Annabel on or 073 270 3438 if you have any questions.

Woofs and wags

Looking forward to meeting you and your schnauzers.
Come along. We’re friendly!

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Num Num (Carissa bispinosa)

The Num num is one of our well-known and wonderful indigenous species. I believe this to be a versatile plant for most gardens. It has scented star-shape flowers which are both beautiful and attract insects, it has delicious edible fruit that attract birds to the garden, it does wonderfully as a hedge plant, and makes excellent bonsai. The Num num is a medium to large shrub, mostly they attain up to three meters in height, there are many different cultivars including prostrate varieties.

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Agapanthus praecox (Blue Lilly)

The evergreen species come from the winter rainfall areas of the Western Cape and all-year rainfall Eastern Cape and shed a few of their old outer leaves every year and replace them with new leaves from the apex of the growing shoot.

Agapanthus praecox is easy to grow and it does well even in the poorest of soils, but it must receive some water in summer. To perform at its best, give it rich, well-drained soil with ample compost (decayed organic matter) and plenty of water in spring and summer. As with most plants they benefit most from regular (e.g. weekly) deep drenching as opposed to frequent superficial waterings. It prefers full sun, and some cultivars will flower in semi-shade. All the evergreen agapanthus are best lifted and divided every four years or so to ensure flowering.

For all your indigenous plant requirements visit the Botanical Garden nursery 49 Caledon Street or email or call our Office on 044 8741558

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NATIONAL SCIENCE WEEK 2017 at the Botanical Garden


More than just sightseeing happening around the garden! This week especially students are traveling to and through the garden with the purpose of partaking in various educational filled activities… ultimately advancing science tourism.

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Launch of National Science Week in PE 5 Aug 17

Launch of NSW 2017 in PE

What an honor it is to be partaking in something as incredible as National Science Week organised by the Department of Science and Technology! It has been nothing less than an absolute pleasure representing the Garden Route Botanical Garden at the launch of National Science Week here at Nelson Mandela University Missionvale Campus!

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Meyer Von Wielligh supports Garden Route Botanical Garden

Meyer Von Wielligh supports Garden Route Botanical Garden and cares for the environment by offsetting its Carbon emissions

Passionate about nature, the furniture manufacturing company, Meyer Von Wielligh, continues to pursue environmental sustainability in all aspects of their work and personal lives. The company has now taken a massive step in furthering their pursuit of environmental sustainability through supporting the Garden Route Botanical Garden (which is a non-profit socio-environmental organization) by buying and planting a 110 indigenous trees, with their employees’ names on them, in an effort to offset the company’s carbon emissions.

As the issue of climate change and greenhouse emissions continue to grow and impact people so does the need to take action. In the light of these effects it is vital that businesses act responsibly. Realising that no business can operate without a carbon footprint Meyer Von Wielligh voluntarily undertakes to support the Kyoto Protocol (the main global piece of guideline charged with tackling climate change) by offsetting their carbon emissions in the Garden Route Botanical Garden (GRBG) by planting a 110 indigenous trees. Globally carbon offsetting through tree planting has been recognised as a way to take responsibility for unavoidable carbon emissions.

To explain in more simple terms, offsetting a certain amount of carbon means there will be that certain amount carbon dioxide less in the atmosphere than there would otherwise have been. Carbon offsetting is the fastest way to realise emissions reductions and the only way to achieve carbon neutrality. The GRBG now offers carbon – and water footprint auditing and management plans. Choosing to offset through the GRBG means you’ll support best practise projects that deliver value for the environment, your business and the local surrounding communities.