|Lowveld National Botanical Garden|
Nelspruit and the Board of HL Hall & Sons joined together two tracts
of land to create the botanical garden. From its inception, the
garden’s purpose was to protect the diverse flora indigenous to the
Lowveld National Botanical Garden located just outside of the city of
Nelspruit . It has two major rivers that run through it, the Crocodile
River and the Nels River. The two rivers that run through the Lowveld
National Botanical Garden converge to create the magnificent Nelspruit
Falls. The surrounding forests line the eastern bank of the Crocodile
River. The plush vegetation comfortably rests within the rocky
gorge-like structures found throughout the garden.
There are over 650 trees located in this beautiful garden, many of which
are of the evergreen variety. This spectacular garden is home to over
500 species of plants that are native to the area. A large portion of
the garden goes undisturbed, to promote conservation and tourism in the
area. Upon entering the gardens, you are greeted by clivias. The clivias
are truly a remarkable sight to behold when in full bloom. The
rainforests that surround the garden are only a reminder of the
ever-dwindling number of rain forests located in Africa. The botanical
region is home to one of the world’s largest concentrations of fig
trees. Because of its biodiversity, the beautiful garden makes for the
perfect learning environment.
The Transvaal Nature Conservation authorities work closely with the Lowveld National Botanical Garden staff to ensure that the conservation needs of the garden are properly met. The garden also provides a major educational opportunity for those interested in learning about conservation methods and efforts.
Should the authorities find that their
efforts are lacking in any way, measures are quickly developed to
maximize the full potential of the garden. The staff regularly attends
to the ongoing maintenance of the garden where it is needed. Some of the
staff even hand-pollinates the grounds with seeds from the struggling
species to help the species continue to thrive in the area.
The Lowveld National Botanical Garden is one of the eight gardens run by the National Botanical Institute of South Africa. Its efforts to protect the many endangered species indigenous to the land have shown promising results. Under the program’s guidance, the species have been able to naturally flourish with minimal interruption from man.