Durban Botanic Gardens events calender for 13/14 July 2013

The Durban Botanic Gardens will be celebrating their centenary on the 13&14th July with a Winter Garden Programme.

Durban Botanic Gardens Centenary Celebration:

The Durban Botanic Gardens established in 1849, remains the oldest surviving botanic garden on the African continent. 100 years ago this month the Gardens was transferred to city ownership and to mark the occasion of becoming a Proudly City Garden, a special Centenary Festival takes place over the weekend of 13th & 14th July.  Whilst the world’s first botanic gardens date from the mid 16th century, the Durban Botanic Gardens began on the banks of the Umgeni River in 1849 and moved to its present site in 1851 as an agricultural research station for the trial of economics that included tea, coffee and arrowroot. However it was Sugar that proved to be the most successful and resulted in the development of the sugar industry in KwaZulu-Natal. The DBG rates as one of the finest sub-tropical botanic gardens in the world and curates major collections such as cycads, palms and orchids and in the true tradition of botanic gardens, is really several gardens within one.

WINTER GARDEN PROGRAMME on Saturday 13 July 2013

Winter is a wonderful time to garden in Durban. The Winter Gardening Programme caters for young and oldand includes various talks, walks and workshops featuring Permaculture for Kids, Floral Art, Science in the Park, Orchid Workshops, Cycad Identification & Conservation and Guided Birding and Botanical Walks with key botanical and horticultural personalities such as Dr Hugh Glen and Geoff Nichols to name but a few.

Join us at the Durban Botanic Gardens for a morning celebrating100 Years as a City Garden. We have a diverse programme whichwill run from 9am with the last programme ending at 4pm.

1. Interactive Sessions / Courses at The Winter Gardening Programme: 13 July

  • 9am –  Science in the park by Tanja Reinhart (No Charge)
  • 9am -1pm – Permaculture for Kids with Jabulani Memela at  R50 pp)
  • 9am-12pm  Potting up your orchid with the Natal Orchid society  (No Charge)
  • 12pm –  So you thought Einstein was a genius? by Megan Govender
  • 1pm –  Floral Art demonstration with Francois Len Ferna  (No Charge)

2.       Talks to be held at The Winter Gardening Programme  – 13 July

  • 9am – Garden orchids for Durban by Hennie Bloemhof  (No Charge)
  • 9am – John Medley Wood’s Plants BY Teddy Govender (No Charge)
  • 9am  – Cycad Identification in South Africa by Cornia Hugo
  • 10am  -Indigenous orchids of the greater Durban area is a talk by Lance Rasmussen (No Charge)
  • 10am  – The History of the Durban Botanic Gardens by Professor Donal McKracken  (No Charge)
  • 10am – SANBI’s Invasive Alien Plant
  • 11am – Commonly grown orchids in cultivation by Gavin McDonald (No Charge)
  • 12pm – Starting your orchid collection is a question and answer session with a NOS panel (No Charge)

3.      Guided Programmes run at The Winter Gardening Programme (R10 pp) 13 July

  • 9am  -Walking with Old Trees with Christine Sole at 9am
  • 9am-11am The Orchid Walk with Hendrelein Peters at
  • 9am  – A Bird Walk with Liz Ellis at
  • 11am -Centenary walk with Adele Schorn
  • 11am  – A Bird Walk with Margaret Cooke
  • 2pm  – A Walk in the Forest with Geoff Nichols

 Old Mutual Music at the Lake Concert with Johnny Clegg

Sunday 14 July 2013

 Pre Sale Tickets:                   Gates open 1pm  R150.00 per ticket

Ticket Sale on the Day:        Gates open 1:30pm R180.00 per ticket

Kids between 8-12 pay R50, kids under eight are free.  (KidZone open for fun and games)  Concert starts at 2:30pm

Purchase tickets online at  or at the Gardens Visitors Centre

Picnic baskets, alcoholic & non alcoholic drinks are welcome.  Alcohol not sold onsite

Secure Parking: R10 on Juventus Field

  • Please note that parking on Munies Hockey Field is arranged privately through Munies and is NOT contracted or affiliated to the concert organizers.  The same applies for parking on Sydenham Road, this is at your own risk and the car guards in place are NOT official car guards for any concert

For more info please contact Info Office on 031 3224201

Kerry Phillips – Marketing & Fundraising

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