Happenings at the Durban Botanic Gardens in May

A great line-up of events and programmes from this Sunday at Africa’s oldest surviving botanic garden…

THIS SUNDAY DON’T MISS the Old Mutual Music at the Lake Concert with the KZN Philharmonic & soloists Melanie Roberts, Barry Thomson and Nosipho Ntuli. Concert starts at 2:30pm. Gates open at 12:30pm. Bring your picnic to enjoy before the concert begins. Tickets available from Gardens Info Centre. Adults: early bird R80 (until Sat 8 May); on concert day R100 Seniors & DBG Friends members: R70 Children: 6 – 12 years R20 Tel: 031-322 4021 / 031-309 1170 /

Biodiversity Vertical Design Demo & Workshop A unique opportunity to learn about vertical design on screens with guest floral art presenters Hendra Gouws & Willem Cloete Demonstration at the Gardens Amphitheater: Friday 21 May, 8:30am – 11:30am Cost: R20 After lunch: Environmental Art Workshop in the Discovery Room Demo & Workshop with tea & snack lunch: R100 Tickets available at the Info Centre: 031 309 1170 Further info: contact Sheila on 031 702 1950 / 082 457 0547 E mail:

Kitchen garden course Saturday 29 May, 8:30am-3pm Learn how to cultivate an organic kitchen garden for a regular supply of fresh and nutritious leafy vegetables & herbs. Using companion planting and other permaculture design ideas, this course offers a practical introduction to food gardening right on your kitchen doorstep – a great way to spend a Saturday with fellow food gardeners. Tea and lunch included Cost: R375 p/p To book: Tel: 031-322 4021 / 031-309 1170 /

SUNDAY Tour & Tea 30 May, 9:30am Our themed guided walk this month is: Discovering remarkable trees at the Durban Botanic Gardens Meet some remarkable members of the finest collection of sub-tropical trees in all of Southern Africa. Over 160 years in the making, this jewel of a garden showcases over 500 species of trees, both indigenous and exotic from lands near and far. Discover majestic giants and iconic species that have helped to make this arboretum famous worldwide. In an age when topics such as “global warming” and “green house gas emissions” are of major concern for scientist and layman alike, this guided walk highlights just why trees are so vital for the present and future well-being of mankind and indeed of all life on Earth. Cost: R60 p/p To book: Tel: 031-322 4021 / 031-309 1170 /


Martin Clement

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