November happenings at the Durban Botanic Gardens

Old Mutual Music at the Lake
Sunday 7th November

Goldfish returns to the beautiful Durban Botanic Gardens lake venue for their latest CD Launch ‘Get Busy Living’, sponsored by Old Mutual and supported by East Coast Radio. Goldfish whose genre-defying mix of jazzy house beats and searing live performances has seen them launch head first into the worldwide Dance Music consciousness.

Tickets: R80 is the low, low early bird ticket price. Children 6 years to 12 years enter at R20. On concert day the ticket price goes to R100 at the Botanic Gardens. Gates open at 12:30pm Book now on Online ticket sales close on Friday 5 November. Early bird tickets are also available until Saturday 6 November at the Info Centre, Durban Botanic Gardens. Secure on site parking is available. Enter from the lower Sydenham Road entrance or lower St Thomas entrance to park on the Juventus ground. Kids Zone is open from 1:30pm to 4:30pm where the children are entertained while Mum and Dad can relax and enjoy the concert. For more information call our Info Centre on 031 3091170 or visit our website

BirdLife Port Natal photographic exhibition – on until the 27th October

Check out the BirdLife Port Natal photographic exhibition, and hosted in conjunction with the Durban Natural Science Museum (City Hall, Anton Lembede/Smith Street). The exhibition simultaneously highlights the recent upgrade and improvements to the bird hall at the Museum. Members of the club were invited to contribute their best bird photographs and a panel of experts have chosen the 30 most outstanding of these to be on display. In addition, all the photographs submitted will be presented as a slide show on plasma screens. Young visitors to the BirdLife Port Natal stand at the annual Plant Fair at the Botanic Gardens in September 2010 contributed their art work on birds to the club and these works of art will also be on display during the exhibition.

For more information please contact Arnia van Vuuren on 083 271 2919 or Lesley Frescura on 083 231 3408.

Bring Nature Back to your Garden
Friday 12th November at 16h00

The Visitors Centre, Durban Botanic Gardens The Botanical Society of South Africa KZN Coastal Branch cordially invites you to the Book Launch of the long awaited, expanded, new edition of Bring Nature Back to your Garden by Charles & Julia Botha The new edition features more species, more information and many colour pictures. This comprehensive guide to gardening for the conservation of biodiversity is indispensable for beginners and long-term indigenous gardening enthusiasts alike. Written in the same humorous style as the authors previous books, it is an essential addition to your gardening book collection. Signed copies will be available at the special launch price of R160. Proceeds from the sale of this book go the Flora & Fauna Publications Trust, the Botanical Society and the Botanical Education Trust. Three framed original Elsa Pooley paintings featured in the book will be auctioned RSVP by 5th November (essential for catering purposes) / tel 031 201 5111

Food Garden Network Workshop: Rooftop Food Gardening at The Corner Café
Date: Friday 26th November
Time:2pm – 5pm
Venue:The Corner Café (Corner of Cromwell and Brand, Glenwood)
Cost: R25 per person

The Food Garden Network and Durban Botanic Gardens invites you to November’s Food Garden Network capacity-building workshop: Learn how to cultivate an organic kitchen garden for a regular supply of fresh and nutritious leafy vegetables and herbs by learning about Rooftop gardening with Clive Greenstone from Green Roof Designs ( To book call our Info Centre on 031 309 1170/ 031 322 4021 / by Friday, 19th November.

Whole food night market
Thursday 28th October

There will be a whole food night market taking place next Thursday the 28th of October from 6pm- 8pm in the Glenwood area at the Columbo tea and coffee warehouse in Gale Street. E-mail or Darryl on 072 8203513 for further info.

Sunday Tour & Tea Sunday: Plants of the Bible
28th November at 09:30

You are invited to a guided tour of biblical plants from the Old and New Testaments. The Durban Botanic Gardens has many plants that are associated with events that took place in biblical times, such as healing herbs, palms, trees and food plants. This pilgrimage walk will be shared with you by one of our knowledgeable guides who has conducted many such tours and is timed to coincide with preparations for Christmas. Includes tea & eats at the Tea Garden after the walk *Bookings:* 4021/031-309 1170 R60 p/p tour group is limited to 25 people

“Mrs Santas Topsy Turvy Christmas ”
14 – 24 December, 10:00am

Under the Figtree amphitheater Why is Mrs Santa in such a bad mood? Will Lapland loose all it’s snow? Does elf Rovi find the sleigh bells? To find out, come and join us on our magical Christmas Sleighride show in the Ampitheatre at the Durban Botanic Gardens. “Mrs Santas Topsy Turvy Christmas ” will be performed daily in the cool shady setting of the Under the Figtree Amphitheatre from 14 – 24 December at 10:00am. This is a fun-filled interactive family show performed by Shelby Strange and Lindi Hlongwa. Bring the children and their friends to enjoy the play and why not bring a picnic to enjoy in the Gardens after the play – make this a Christmas Treat ! *Tickets *are R30 per person and will be available from 9.30 am at the venue. Children 3years and under are free.

Martin Clement
Acting Curator
Durban Botanic Gardens
Tel + 27 31 322 4013
Fax + 27 31 201 9045

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