The Free State National Botanical Garden, Bloemfontein
The natural landscape is dotted with ecologically valuable indigenous woodland areas and grasslands, and the developed area is comprised of flower gardens with bulb, herbaceous, clivia and trees and shrubs displays. There are over 400 indigenous plant, flower and tree species on display.
There are two short walking trails through the gardens on paved walkways, and the local Botanical Society organises moonlight walks and educational trails through the Gardens on a regular basis. These also take in a medicinal plant display and a ‘water-wise gardening’ demonstration. If you are there in spring, you will see the Gardens at their most colourful, but in summer you can enjoy a picnic at a summer sunset concert.
A self-guide tree route is laid out with a guide to the 43 species of indigenous tree found in the dry-climate Gardens, including Camel-thorn, Karee and Wild Olive trees.
There are picnic and braai facilities, and an extensive nursery where you can buy many of the species on display in the Gardens.
For more on the Free State Botanical Gardens contact the South African Botanical Society on 021 797 2376 or 051 436 3612.
Getting there: The Botanical Gardens are situated in the outer suburb of Danhof, Bloemfontein.
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