Gathering up July’s wildflowers we will begin in the Karoo Desert National Botanical Garden. Mid-month we went in hopes of aloe flowers.
Last December’s issue of Veld & Flora (journal of the Botanical Society of South Africa) has an article by Werner Voigt on the history of the Karoo NBG. The garden was established in 1921. In 1945 Swiss curator Jacques Thudichum worked with Louis Pieterse to move the plant collection from near Matjiesfontein to Worcester. The garden was opened in 1948 when Jan Smuts said – ‘The human spirit craves for something more. It requires spiritual nourishment and here it is in the Karoo Garden.’ In 2001 the word Desert was added to the formal name, to explain the word Karoo (place of great thirst) to international visitors.