Garden Route Botanical Garden
The Garden Route Botanical Garden (GRBG) is a 19-hectare locally indigenous botanical garden situated at the base of the Outeniqua Mountains in the town of George. The garden itself focuses on conserving and displaying plants indigenous to the Southern Cape region.
As a result of reintroducing indigenous flora to the landscape, the GRBG functions as an important sanctuary for various animals. To date, ± 52 species of butterfly, ± 26 damselfly species, ± 10 frog species, ± 600 plant, and ± 146 bird species have been recorded and photographed within the GRBG. Many of these small, yet integrally important organisms are red-listed. Some of these include:
- Knysna Leaf-folding Frog -local endemic
- Royal Ghost Frog-local endemic
- Knysna Dwarf Chameleon-local endemic
- Short-legged Seps: -local endemic
- Cockroach wasp (Ampulex) – rare
- Battling glider-local endemic subspecies
- Forest King –local endemic subspecies
- Vivid Metallic Ground Beetle: larvae eat frogs, only 3 known records in Africa, 3 from GRBG.
- Silver-spotted Ghost Moth: -local endemic
In an effort to raise awareness about the importance of protecting these species, I plan to start initiating the creation of artworks for the garden that depict the above species along with other messages regarding the importance of indigenous ecosystem functionality. We welcome partners, sponsors and artists for this project – please don’t hesitate to contact Janet Botes at 072 331 5057 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.