INDIGENOUS PLANT FAIR IN DURBAN

The annual BotSoc (Botanical Society) Indigenous Plant Fair takes place on 3 & 4 September 2011, from 9 am – 4 pm each day, at the Munies Sports Field, John Zikhali Road (Sydenham Road), Durban, just below the Durban Botanic Gardens.

This popular indigenous plant extravaganza showcases the widest variety of indigenous plants available at any one venue in KwaZulu-Natal. It is a wonderful opportunity for both beginner and experienced gardeners to learn more about indigenous plants and the wildlife they support in the garden, from the many plant and wildlife experts on duty over that weekend.

2011 Celebrates “The Year of the Forest”

The 2011 Indigenous Gardening Handbook, produced for the Plant Fair, celebrates the UN’s International Year of the Forest and the Climate Change Conference (COP 17), and is crammed full of practical ways in which we can all make a positive contribution by preserving, promoting and planting South Africa’s indigenous flora in our gardens, our homes, our schools, our cities and our souls. Retailing at R20 and available two weeks before the Fair at selected nurseries in and around Durban, the handbook gives a preview of the plants available at the Fair, and contains educational articles written by gardening and wildlife experts.

Delicious light food and refreshments will be on sale at the Munies Sports Club Beergarden.

Exciting displays at the Fair by various environmental groups will also appeal to the public. These include the Bat Interest Group, BirdLife Port Natal, KZN Conservancies Association, Flora and Fauna Publications Trust, Primates Africa, LepSoc (butterflies), Wildlife & Environment Society’s Stop the Spread campaign, the Herb Society and the eThekwini Indigenous Medicinal Plant Project (Micropropagation Laboratory and Silverglen Medicinal Plant Nursery). Gardening and natural science books will be available. Botanical art will be available for sale.

The entrance fee is R5.00 for adults – free for children under 12.

Funds raised support the work of the KZN Coastal Branch of the Botanical Society of South Africa, whose slogan is to “know, grow and protect South Africa’s indigenous flora”.

Scouts and other barrow handlers will happily assist for a minimum donation of R5.

For more information contact us on 031 201 5111 or visit our website http://www.indigenousplantfair.org.za

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Pictures attached.

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The Trees of the Year are Pavetta species such as the Weeping Bride’s Bush

The Dune Bride’s Bush is another of the beautiful Trees of the Year

Brilliant Gazanias would brighten a sunny garden

Red Hot Pokers are plants that are loved by both people and sunbirds

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Many thanks

Kind regards Sandra Dell (secretary) Botanical Society of SA KZN Coastal Branch Tel : 031 201 5111 Fax: 0866 518 969 P O Box 30544 Mayville 4058 http://www.botsoc-kzn.org.za http://www.botanicalsociety.org.za http://www.indigenousplantfair.org.za http://www.plantlife.co.za

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