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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.