Museums, Art Galleries and Botanical Gardens

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Natal Botanical Garden, Pietermaritzburg, Midlands, Central Kwa-Zulu Natal.

A beautiful garden specialising in conservation of plants from the eastern regions of South Africa as well as rare and endangered species from elsewhere. Established in 1874, its Victorian past is evidenced by its magnificent northern hemisphere plants such as swamp cypress, tulip, camphor and plane trees, giant figs and magnolias.  One of its finest features is an avenue of London plane trees, which has stunned visitors since 1908.

The focus of the garden is to collect, display and promote the conservation of plants of the eastern grasslands, and in particular the genera Kniphofia, Watsonia and Dierama.   A section is planted to attract birds, 120 species of which have been recorded.  Another feature is the traditional Zulu hut surrounded by indigenous medicinal plants that form the basis of a “muthi” plant display. There are a series of hiking trails through indigenous forest and grassland. For further information contact +27 (33) 344 3585. New developments include a grassland display area and a Clivia collection. Other features include:

•    Restaurant. Open every day except Tuesdays. Contact +27 (33) 344 2207.
•    Plant nursery. Contact +27 (33) 344 1044

Open 365 days per annum from 08h00 through 18h00 (October to April) and 08h30 through 17h30 (May through September).

Mayor’s Walk Pietermaritzburg, which is on the N3 northeast of Durban, which is at the intersection of the N2 with the N3. AANatal

Contct:            Box 21667 Mayor’s Walk 3208
+27 (33) 344 3585 telephone
+27 (33) 344 1284 fax
e-mail: GNAT@futurenet.co.za
web: www.nbi.co.za


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