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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 /

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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.