Volunteers welcome to help in cycad project at Botanic Gardens

2015-06-23 12:51
Environmental interpretation officer Mbuso Zondi stands in front of the mounds of rubble that will be transformed into a cycad garden at the KwaZulu-Natal Botanical Gardens.

Environmental interpretation officer Mbuso Zondi stands in front of the mounds of rubble that will be transformed into a cycad garden at the KwaZulu-Natal Botanical Gardens. (Jonathan Burton)

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THE mounds of rubble placed on one of the vast lawns of the KwaZulu-Natal National Botanical Gardens is the foundation for a “new and exciting” cycad garden.

The garden’s spokesperson, ­Siphuxolo Ngqasa, said the rubble that Botanical Gardens visitors saw when visiting was part of the project.

Ngqasa said the rubble had been used to elevate different areas in the cycad garden and would be covered when the cycads were planted.

She said the result of the project would be a small-scale mountain-scape and something completely “new” and “different” to add to the gardens.

The gardens’ chief horticulturist, Sthembile Zondi, said there had been a few setbacks whilst setting up the garden, but if everything ran smoothly, the project would be completed by the end of this year.

“It is a huge project. We should be 60% done by the end of August, but we should have the clean finish towards the end of this year,” Zondi said.

“We ask the public to be patient while we are busy with the project. We want it to be amazing and it will take time. We cannot rush this.

“We are excited for the outcome. We are hoping for something big.

“The garden is a new and exciting addition to the KZN National Botanical Gardens and Pietermaritzburg should watch the space.”

She said people were welcome to involve themselves in the project by volunteering their time and effort into putting the garden together.

“It is a big project and it will need a lot of manpower.”

To volunteer for the cycad project, call the KZN National Botanical Gardens at 033 344 3585

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