Kirstenbosch October Heritage Walks

Kirstenbosch Gardens Ericas

I love the sound of this: ‘Heritage Walks’ through Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens.  These walks, led by the Kirstenbosch Garden Guides, cover a variety of interests and enthusiasms – everything from medicinal plants to remarkable trees, and a history of how the garden came to be the beautiful place that it now is.  I’ve missed a few already, but there are still eight walks on between now and the end of October, and I definitely want to tag along for one or two of them in the weeks to come.

Here’s the schedule for the remaining walks during October 2011:

Monday 10 October: 10h00-12h00
Useful and Medicinal Plants
For thousands of years our wonderful plants have been used by the people of Africa for food, medicine, for housing, for rope, soap, for digging, fishing, hunting etc. Which plants? Come and find out! Starting at the Visitors’ Centre, Gate 1.

Friday 14 October: 10h00-12h00
Early Explorers and their Search for African Medicinal Plants
250 years ago people in Europe discovered the treasure trove of plants waiting in the Cape. Plant collectors, doctors, botanists came from all over, hunting for new medicinal plants. Who were they? What plants did they find? Come find out! Starting at the Visitors’ Centre, Gate 1.

Tuesday 18 October: 10h00-12h00
Catering for Capetonians
What Kirstenbosch means to Capetonians – the people who helped create and sustain this Garden. Starting at the Visitors’ Centre, Gate 1.

Friday 21 October: 10h00-12h00
Secrets of Survival of Succulents
How do plants survive in the desert with almost no rain? How do they defend themselves? Come and see the clever tricks and disguises they use! Starting at the Visitors’ Centre, Gate 1.

Saturday 22 October: 10h00-12h00
Remarkable Trees of Kirstenbosch
A closer look at some special trees. Starting at the Visitors’ Centre, Gate 1.

Monday 24 October: 10h00-12h00
Nature’s Heritage
An entire Kingdom! Plants for Africa! Explore them with us!
Starting at the Visitors’ Centre, Gate 1.

Thursday 27 October: 10h00-12h00
Catering for Capetonians
What Kirstenbosch means to Capetonians – the people who helped create and sustain this Garden. Starting at the Visitors’ Centre, Gate 1.

Friday 28 October: 10h00-12h00
Garden for a Nation. Who created it?
100 years ago Kirstenbosch was an abandoned farm, overgrown with weeds and alien vegetation. Today it is one of the world’s Top Seven Botanical Gardens. How did this happen? Who performed the magic? Let us tell you the story!
Starting at the Visitors’ Centre, Gate 1.

This initiative is part of the Cape Town Big 6.

To make a booking or enquire further, contact the Information Desk at 021 799-8783.

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