7 Cool Facts About The Pretoria Botanical Gardens
By Nomali Cele
As you’ve heard, the Kaya FM Mother’s Day Concert, presented by Spar, will be held at the National Botanical Gardens in Pretoria this year. That the Pretoria Botanical Gardens is a beautiful venue goes without saying but there’s much more to the place than meets the eye.
Did you know? The biggest digitised botanical database in Africa can be found at the National Botanical Gardens? The Pretoria Botanical Gardens are home to the national herbarium, which works to identify and name plants., with a special focus on Southern African species.
Looking for a place to have your next outing with your whole family? The Pretoria National Botanical Gardens is a family-friendly public garden with over 198 bird spieces and a number of reptiles, the latter kept is safe enclusures. The children can play a game of spot the birds for hours.
In the spring, Jacaranda trees flower a beautiful lavender colour in all corners of the Highveld. At the Pretoria National Botanical Gardens, however, along with the Jacaranda trees, there are wisteria trees, which are like the Jacaranda’s cousins, flowering lavender too.
The Enabling Garden is a section of the Pretoria Botanical Gardens that was built with the needs of physically disabled people in mind. Most paths in the gardens are accessible by wheelchair. In the Enabled Garden, there are braille information boards. There’s also information and tips to help visitors adapt a garden for the disabled.
The trees at the Pretorial National Botanical Garden are filled with fruit. You can spot birds feasting on croton sylvaticus – the fruit that the trees bear. The birds love the fruit but the fruit is not for human consumption and can lead to allergic reactions.
Over the years, over 50 spicies of butterflies have been spotted and identified at the Pretoria Botanical Gardens.
The Pretoria National Botanical gardnes was founded in 1946, some of the trees were planted as early as that.
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