Indigenous plant fair in Durban

The annual BotSoc (Botanical Society) Indigenous Plant Fair takes place on 1 & 2 September 2012, 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. If you are an Olympics fan you will be proud to note that SA’s plants have been winning gold medals at the Chelsea Flower Show for years! Here is a chance for you to find out why.

From small succulent potplants to hanging baskets, from ground covers, to Aloes, shrubs and trees, from colourful fillers to sought-after collector’s items – all will be available. Cycads with permits can be purchased from the Arnfred Nursery stand.

2012 Celebrates WATER

The 2012 Indigenous Gardening Handbook, produced for the Plant Fair, contains the latest comprehensive listing on plants which will be available at the Fair. The Handbook theme this year is WATER and it contains topical articles by local experts on water conservation, wetlands and bringing water into the garden with water features and ponds. It also boasts updated details of the best indigenous nurseries and landscapers in KZN and is beautifully illustrated with contributions by many well-known local photographers. Retailing at just R25 and available from 20 August from selected nurseries in and around Durban, the handbook inspires, informs and encourages all who believe in the beauty of SA’s plants.

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, Wildlife & Environment Society’s Stop the Spread campaign, KZN Eco-Schools, SANBI KZN Herbarium, Pmb National Botanic Gardens and the Custodians of Rare & Endangered Wildflowers; Durban Botanic Gardens Permaculture section and the eThekwini Indigenous Medicinal Plant Project (Micropropagation Laboratory and Silverglen Medicinal Plant Nursery). Gardening and natural science books will be available.

Free environmental short films will be shown on a rolling basis in the clubhouse by The Wildlife & Environment Society of SA (WESSA).

The plant fair 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” and the Botanical Education Trust, which sponsors botanical research.

Scouts and other barrow handlers will happily assist for a minimum donation of R8. Shoppers are welcome to bring their own wheelbarrows or trolleys.

Manning the public address system will be Wayne Ridden, a coach to the 2012 SA Olympic swimming team!

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

 

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