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Garden Route Botanical Garden

The Garden Route Botanical Garden (GRBG) is a 19 ha locally indigenous botanical garden situated at the base of the Outeniqua Mountains in the town of George. The garden itself focuses on conserving and displaying plants indigenous to the Southern Cape region. A wide range of plant collections are divided into several thematic display beds. Each display bed acts as an educational tour, discussing the usefulness of the specific plants both to humans and to the surrounding ecosystem.

A tree identification and displaying project is underway, with 118 trees being labeled so far. As a result of reintroducing indigenous flora to the landscape, theGRBG functions as an important sanctuary for various animals. ± 52 species of butterfly, ± 26 damselfly species, ± 10 frog species, ± 600 plant, and ± 146 bird species species have been recorded and photographed within the GRBG.

The GRBG also supports:

*other regional plant conservation efforts through plant donations, and search and rescue operations.
*community projects,
*and acts as an open-air laboratory and information centre used by local schools and Universities​.

All these activities are managed by a limited number of staff and loyally supported by much needed and appreciated volunteers.

Garden Route Botanical Garden
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George Botanical Gardens, Garden Route

The Garden Route Botanical Gardens in Caledon Street in the heart of the Garden Route and has become a conservation and environmental education hub for the Southern Cape of South Africa. It Showcases a plethora of
indigenous vegetation with the Outeniqua Mountains as backdrop.

Established by a dedicated group of volunteers in 1997, with private funding, the gardens are will worth a visit. There is a tea garden, will laid out paths, picnic areas, benches, a her-barium, a nursery and a small dam around which waterfowl can be admired.
The dam was established in 1811 when George was founded and was the town’s firs water supply. Some of the original furrows can still be found in the gardens. Fynbos, forest and succulent varieties are well maintained by a dedicated staff. See the Medicinal Mount and visit the office to buy books and maps about the region. Entrance is free. For more
information phone 044 874 1558.

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