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National Botanical Garden, Bloemfontein, Central Free State.

In a valley between two dolerite koppies on the outskirts of Bloemfontein. Natural vegetation comprises tall grassland and woodland, dominated by magnificent wild olive and karee trees.  Home to about 400 plant species, mainly from the Free State, the Northern Cape and Lesotho. It includes a fine collection of decorative and hardy trees indigenous to the area.  The harmony of the garden has been achieved by retaining and highlighting the best elements of the natural landscape. Lion’s ear, red-hot poker and dwarf coral tree provide touches of colour against a restful woodland backdrop. A series of vistas leads one naturally through the garden to the wooded koppies, up onto the rock outcrops that overlook the garden and back down to the dam, bird hide and lawns. Most of the plants are in full leaf from November to March. In autumn, from March to June, colourful yellow and reds predominate.  The garden is a natural haven for wildlife, including 122 bird species, 54 reptiles and 28 mammals.  Two displays were recently developed: A display of plants with medicinal properties and another to demonstrate waterwise gardening principles.  Indigenous plants are on sale from Monday to Saturday. Special plant sales are held annually, usually in September and October. A well-equipped lapa is available for private functions.  Open 365 days a year.

Off Dan Pienaar Drive (R702) in Rayton Road, Bloemfontein, which is at the intersection of the N1 with the N6 and the N8. AANation

Contct:            Box 29036 Danhof 8310
+27 (51) 436 3612 telephone
+27 (51) 436 4101 fax
web: www.nbi.ac.za


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