Pride and prejudice in our gardens

2008-05-07 00:00

I hope that the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) Botanic Gardens still has its standard-trained bougainvillea. In the nineties they towered above the paths and “mountains” that defined the design of this interesting place.

I believed, then, back in the nineties, that this structural adaptation of the landscape was to accommodate as many as possible interesting plants from anywhere on Earth. I haven’t yet been back to check but I do wonder now … because global sourcing for botanic gardens seems to have given way to the call for indigenous only.

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