North-West University's Botanical Garden
The Botanical Garden is situated adjacent to the Potchefstroom Campus of the North-West University. It covers an area of almost 3 hectares. Most of the plants in the Botanical Garden are indigenous with the exception of a few exotic plants which are of botanical, medicinal or educational importance. A section of the garden, around a man-made rocky-ridge, is managed as a natural field garden while the rest of the garden is more intensively managed. A variety of theme gardens make up the rest of the NWU Botanical Garden, including the Swamp Garden, Vlei Garden, Formal Indigenous Garden, Invader Display, Evolution Garden and Succulent Rockery. There are also tropical and succulent greenhouses.
Mon - Fri | 07h30 - 16h00
Calderbank Avenue Potchefstroom North West Province ZA 2520
Areas of North-West University's Botanical Garden
Succulent GreenhouseIn the Succulent Greenhouse a variety of succulents and other xerophytes can be found with most species indigenous to South Africa. Some intersting plants include Diedierea madagascariensis (Octopus Tree), Adansonia digitata (Baobab), Fockea edulis (Kambro), Hoodia gordonii (Ghaap) and Aloe dichotoma (Quiver Tree). Some locally threatened plants such as Nananthus vitatus (Bushveld Vygie) and Lithops lesliei (Living Stones) can also be found in this greenhouse. The display greenhouse-complex is opened to the public on request only.
Tropical GreenhouseIn the Tropical Greenhouse a variety of tropical and subtropical plants from all over the world can be found. Some of the plants include a variety of food plants including Coffea arabica (Coffee), Camellia sinensis (Tea), Vanilla planifolia (Vanilla), Saccharum officinarum (Sugarcane), Cinnamomum zeylanicum (Cinnamon), Oryza sativa (Rice) and Piper nigrum (Pepper). The Tropical Greenhouse also houses many other exotic plants from a variety of families most notably the orchid family (Orchidaceae). Many indigenous epiphytic orchids such as Ansellia africana (Leopard Orchid) and Mystacidium capense, can be found in this greenhouse. The display greenhouse-complex is opened to the public on request only.