Botanical Gardens

A brief history

ukzn bot gdnsThe concept of a Botanical Garden was initially started in 1983 when one-and-a-half hectares of the Agricultural Faculty lawn was fenced off and developed to start a facility for botanical teaching and research. Initially some greenhouses, tunnels and a well equipped potting shed and workshop were installed. In 1987 funding was made available and further major developments were undertaken to improve the facility. Three new shade houses and three more greenhouses were built. The area of the Garden was increased to include a perennial stream along the western boundary. Permanent features, such as bridges, ponds and roadways were built into the design of the Garden. In 1999 the boundary fence was repositioned and extended, increasing the Garden to its present size of three hectares. Then it finally became an Agricultural Faculty facility and was restructured as the University Botanical Garden.


What we do

The Garden has been designed with the main objective being to accommodate teaching and research interests. Care has been taken to make the garden inexpensive to maintain, as well as interesting and attractive to the university and local community, and to enable them to use the garden as a reference collection.  Every care is taken to ensure that environmentally sound principles are practiced to attract and protect the local bird and other animal populations.

The Garden has several impressive plant collections used for teaching and research including Carnivorous Plants, Ferns and Zulu Medicinal Plants. There are also other small "feature gardens" such as an Economical garden and an Evolutionary garden. They are maintained by the Garden staff consisting of a horticulturist, Alison Young, and three assistants, Merriman Maphumulo, Justice Ncgobo and Mduduze Nene.

This website is being continuously updated. The plant images on this website will at first be displayed as a link to a photograph. As the website develops it is hoped that these images will eventually be replaced by a page with more information on the plant itself.


To contact us:

Horticulturist: Alison Young

Telephone: +27 33 2605154


Postal address:
University Botanical Gardens
School of Life Sciences
PB X01
South Africa

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