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A Night in the Garden

On the 24th of January, the Garden Route Botanical Garden hosted another successful Night in the Garden. The aim of this event is to introduce participants to the intriguing insects, amphibians and reptiles of the Garden Route.

The evening started with an enthralling, informative presentation by Garden Route Snake Rescue. The images below depict some of the highlights of their workshop

The crowd was first introduced to the non venomous Olive House Snake (imaged on the right) and the mildly venomous Red-Lipped Herald (imaged on the left)

We then explored the subtle difference between the rhombic egg eater (imaged first) and the rhombic night adder (imaged second). The rhombic egg eater is a non-venomous, toothless snake that feeds off eggs, but can easily be confused with the venemous rhombic night adder. The experts told us the difference lies in the shape of the snake’s heads (the egg eater having a wider more triangular shaped head).

      

After learning about the egg eater, the crowd was taught an interesting lesson – a boomslang is never a completely green snake. The boomslang (imaged first), is often confused with the Natal Green (on second).

The participants were then introduced to the truly venomous snakes of our region – from top to botton, the Rinkals, Cape Cobra and the Puff Adder.

Following Garden Route Snake’s wonderfully educational display, was an interesting and entertaining talk on the frogs of the Garden Route by amphibian expert, Ferdie de Lange. The Raucous toad (imaged above) was shown as one of the common frogs found in our homes, with a most unusual call.

Owing to the good rain previous to the event, the garden was teaming with life. Participants were treated to a cacophony of painted reed frogs and an excitingly large population of Knysna Dwarf Chameleons.

 

 

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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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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

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Night life of the Garden

The 28th of February is Leap Day for Frogs!
To celebrate this, join us on a night tour around the Garden Route Botanical Garden, and try spot our local night life!
19:00 – 21:00
Be on the lookout for the Knysna dwarf chameleon as well as our 10 different species of frogs!

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

R30.00 to participate

For more info, contact the GRBG by phone: (044) 874 1558 , fax: 086 627 9445 or email: info@botanicalgarden.org.za