Residents of Pietermaritzburg and visitors to the city are in for a treat, with plans to revive the Botanic Gardens intended to give the 140-year-old facility a new lease on life.
Curator Allen Nene said he has big and exciting plans for the gardens, but which would not disturb its old and natural beauty.
“The Pietermaritzburg National Botanical Garden is one of the oldest in the world, so we want to stay relevant in society and develop the garden without damaging what is already there.”
Nene said he had a fresh young team working with him and they were all working hard to bring the new projects to fruition.
“Some of the projects we have include expanding our conference hall near the dam in the gardens from a 100-seater to a 450-seater facility.”
“We are also busy upgrading our Zulu Demo garden, which will be launched later this year, and we are busy setting up a cycad garden as well as a permaculture [vegetable] garden.”
The improvements to the hall are expected to be completed in March next year.
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