Leo, the Leopard Tortoise

Stigmochelys pardalis, more commonly known as theleopard tortoise, bergskilpad or mfutsu, is an attractivelymarked, long-lived member of South Africa’s ‘SmallFive’ (along with the rhino beetle, the red-billed buffaloweaver, elephant shrew and the antlion). The largestspecies of tortoise in southern Africa, the leopardtortoise is the only species in the genus Stigmochelys. The leopard tortoise is considered… Continue reading Leo, the Leopard Tortoise

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Forest boardwalk in the mushroom meander: Progress update

In August last year the GRBG announced thecommencement of a new Garden upgrade project: TheForest Boardwalk for Wheelchair Access to theMushroom Meander. A generous donation from theRowland and Leta Hill Trust made it possible to ‘breakground’ on this project and for the past nine monthsKen Gie and his team have been hard at work tacklingthe… Continue reading Forest boardwalk in the mushroom meander: Progress update

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A Mad Summer, a Cuckoos Summer

It has been a mad summer, with COVID lock-downs, masks, hand sanitisers and late starts to the day. Bird life numbers are down this year but several interesting sightings have been made. While sitting quietly watching for the Brown-hooded Kingfisher, a Diederik’s Cuckoo came and sat close by, oblivious (or tolerant?) of the camera and… Continue reading A Mad Summer, a Cuckoos Summer

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Polyphagous Shot Hole Borer Sampling Report

We had a visit from Dr. Anandie, who is a specialist in the Polyphagous Shot Hole Borer, she used the botanical Garden to sample the beetles and survey the trees in which they are found and has shared her report with us. GeorgeBotG_report_Oct2020

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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,… Continue reading New Research on the Leto venus moth in the Garden Route Botanical Garden

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… Continue reading Bee Talk

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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… Continue reading Adopt a (garden) bed at the Garden Route Botanical Garden