The Botanical Gardens of South Africa

Spring has sprung, the sun is shining, and the season is in full swing! It’s time to get out there and start enjoying spring’s greatest gifts, the flowers. You could take a stroll through your local park, do some work in the garden or go where the flowers are the most spectacular… the South African botanical gardens, a plethora of our nation’s natural beauty.

With botanical gardens situated across the country, there is little excuse not to go and lose yourself in the splendour of nature for just a while. The most famous of these botanical gardens is arguably the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, situated in Cape Town. Set against the eastern slope of Table Mountain, the Kirstenbosch gardens have two separate areas, the cultivated gardens and the protected area which is home to indigenous fynbos and forest. The cultivated garden is home to an array of flowering species of plants, while in the protected area one can see the King Protea, which occurs naturally there, in full flower. One of the truly amazing parts of the Kirstenbosch botanical garden is the Afromontane forest, which is awe-inspiring when walking through.

Sticking to the coastal botanical gardens we move on to one of the lesser-known treasures in South Africa, the Durban Botanic Gardens. This is the oldest surviving botanical gardens in South Africa, having been established in 1849. The highlight of these gardens is without a doubt the Orchid House, which is home to several different species. The best time to visit the Orchid House is without a doubt during the spring months, September through November.

Moving away from the coastal cities we find ourselves in the capital of South Africa, the Pretoria Botanical Gardens. Surrounded by urban development, this is a much-needed refuge from the hustle and bustle of modern life, not just for us, but for the wildlife that occurs there. There are over 220 recorded species of birds meaning that during spring the garden comes alive to the sound of thousands of bird calls. Stroll through the gardens and you can climb to the top of a ‘koppie’ from which you can view the entire gardens and the surrounding city, a scene that sets alight the senses with sound and colour.

The last botanical garden on this list is the Johannesburg Botanic Gardens. Placed just outside the city centre, the gardens are home to over 30 000 trees, 4500 species of plants, an arboretum, a Rose Garden and Herb Garden. The gardens are also frequently the venue for concerts and live performances.

This article by no means covers all the Botanical Gardens within South Africa, but rather the ones that, for many South Africans, are close to home. The gardens are perfect for spending a beautiful spring or summer day, whether you are taking the entire family on an outing or you wish to take that special someone on a romantic picnic, the gardens provide you with the perfect setting.

NetFlorist offers a range of fully stocked picnic baskets, complete with red roses, champagne or a beautiful bottle of red wine that makes those romantic moments so much easier to come by. For those family moments, NetFlorist also offers healthy fruit baskets and gourmet hampers that will have the whole family smiling.

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We realise that it is not always possible to get away for the day and take that stroll through the gardens, so why not send that special someone a piece of the garden instead with our stunning flower bouquets and flower arrangements. From proteas and orchids to lilies and roses, NetFlorist will deliver their own personal piece of the spring bloom, right to their door. NetFlorist delivers flowers nationwide and to all the major cities; Johannesburg, Cape Town, Pretoria, and Durban.

Protea Flower Fun Facts

Protea plants are a species of flower found on the shores of SA; this proudly South African flower is the national symbol of our fair country as well as the name of our cricket team and because we know just how much you love this stunning flower, NetFlorist has come to the party with awesome Protea flower arrangements and protea flower bouquets for you to buy and send online!

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But here’s the thing proteas are awesome flowers and they are making a comeback as a super popular wedding flower and because I love this flower I thought I might share a few fun protea flower facts!

  • Proteas are evergreen trees and shrubs and they grow mostly in dry regions of the southern hemisphere, especially in Australia and South Africa.
  • The flowers of many species of proteas are pollinated by birds, bats, and small marsupial mammals.
  • The protea flower family has two important adaptations to the dry habitats in which they grow. First, their leaves are thick and hard which prevents moisture loss and decreases damage. Second, their roots are clumped and very thin for efficient absorption of water and mineral nutrients.
  • Because the protea flowers and plants  occur naturally only in the southern hemisphere, it is believed that the family originated on the ancient supercontinent of Gondwana.
  • Greek legend tells us that protea were named after Proteus, the son of Poseidon.
  • The King Protea is the largest of all proteas and South Africa’s national flower, appearing on birth certificates, passports and the R5 coin.
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  • The protea bush is also called the sugar bush.
  • The medical uses for Protea range from a cough syrup ingredient to clearing up chest disorders.
  • The Sugar bush is a Symbol of the New Millenium.
  • Proteas are also grown in New Zealand, Australia and Hawaii!

Proteas are an exotic looking flower, that when given to your nearest and dearest, makes a statement. These flowers are known for their distinctive bulb shape and many have fluffy petal-type thingys which vary in colour from pinks to reds. Protea flowers are a low maintenance flower type and are easy to take care of whether you’re planting them in your garden or simply enjoying them freshly cut. Cut proteas have been known to last a good two or three weeks, although they should be kept in a cool spot so that they don’t dry out quickly. This means that the person that you’re spoiling can enjoy these stunning flowers for alooooong time!

All you have to do to buy and send beautiful proteas nationwide in South Africa is log on to NetFlorist and with their same day, nationwide flower delivery we’ll get your protea flowers to your special person no matter where they are; from Cape Town to Kokstad, we’ll deliver your flowers to wherever they need to go. So what’s the hold up? Get sending those protea flowers online now!