Murray Street 137 Guest House

137 Murray Street, Brooklyn Pretoria, Cape Town, South Africa
Murray Street 137 Guest House
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indigenous plants

by sartorial

Where can I buy seeds from indigenous plants in Cape Town? I'll probably won't have time enough to go to the Botanical Garden.

Re: indigenous plants

by carteki

You'll probably be able to get them from most touristy places. Perhaps even the airport, although I'm not sure.
Kim

Re: indigenous plants

by mandybee

perhaps any nurseries or sometime even hardware stores try stodels nurseries (there are a few scattered around Cape Town)

Re: indigenous plants

by Gerald_D

I don't understand the "I'll probably won't have time enough to go to the Botanical Garden" Then why will you have time to go anywhere else to look for seeds? I am sure that you will visit Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden if you are interested in our plants, and then that must be the most convenient place to buy seeds? http://www.sanbi.org/products/seeds.htm (You can pre-order on-line from home and collect everything there)

Also realise that you might want to buy "smoke" to help get some seeds germinated!

Re: indigenous plants

by sartorial

Yes, I will visit it if I'll have the time, but I

Re: indigenous plants

by sartorial

Yes, I'll visit it if I'll have the time, but since I'll be in a tight schedule, id doesn't look that I'll have it. And, what do you mean by "buying smoke"?

Re: indigenous plants

by Gerald_D

Buying smoke....

Okay, this is what worried me. You can't just run into the nearest supermarket and buy a couple of packets of seeds for the local plants. If you look closer at our plants (read the link above) you will see that some of our plants need smoke to germinate. That is why we need fires every few years. In that link they sell smoke papers - you wet the paper with water and it releases a smoke essence. It is that smell you get when pouring water on a half burnt fire.

Tourist shops might sell some seeds, but don't be surprised if they don't grow.

Re: indigenous plants

by carteki

Thank you Gerald - I've learnt something too :)

Re: indigenous plants

by sartorial

Really surprising! I've never heard something alike! :) I thought that those plants would grow here with no special care, since the climate here where I live is pretty much close to that of SA...

Re: indigenous plants

by Gerald_D

Sartorial would you mind telling us where you stay? Apparently Hawaii has a very similar climate and soil to the Cape, and even has lots of protea farms.

Re: indigenous plants

by sartorial

I'm from Brasilia, the capital of Brazil, wich is warm and dry most of the year.

Re: indigenous plants

by Gerald_D

South Africa has many different weather regions, including desert, tropical and mediterranean. Cape Town area has the most plant varieties, but this is a mediterranean area with lots of winter rain, some parts even get snow.

Travel Tips for Cape Town

When you plan to visit the...

by Petra_Khalil

When you plan to visit the southern province of South Africa, staying in Cape Town seems to be a good idea. In addition to the town itself with its famous Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, it is perfectly situated as a starting point to make several interesting excursions like to Cape Point N.P., Franschoek & Stellenbosch (wine route), Kirstenbosch or even Cape l'Agulhas the southern most tip of the African continent.

Constantia - Like any suburb

by raraavis

This is a suburb about 20 minutes outside of Cape Town. It looked like any typical suburb you see in America: single residential homes with manicured lawns and gardens.

One interesting observation is that every single home has a security system sign outside stating "Armed Response" for intruders. When I asked my friend what kind of arms are involved, he said hand guns. I was hoping for Ak-47s, it sounds a lot of more badass.

A little bit of everything

by kngtut about The Palms

This is a decor centre for home furnishings and bit s. Numerous shops and also a small coffee shop.

YDE, which is numerous local designers who each have a "rail" in one store. You will find them in most malls.

The Gardens Shopping centre.

Acess Park. factory shop oulet Mall. For great bargains. Clothes,
African Artifacts in Long Street
Art
Jewellry - numerous great jewellers e.g. Uwe Koetter
Decor & home furnishings Really various.
For a pair of mens trousers - about USD 25
For a pair of Levis at the Waterfront - USD 50.00 (there is a factory store at Acess park half price)
Loads of home furnishings under USD 10
e.g candfle holders, place mats etc. and opther gifts. Try "At Home" at the waterfront - the latest in decor.

Victoria & Alfred Harbour

by Jenniflower

From Cape Town harbour you can go on a tour of the peninsula quite easily - this is largely due to your budget. You can go on pre-scheduled tours on launches and catamarans, hire catamarans for the day, hire a yacht etc. the choice is yours!

There are lots of good...

by mike_dolan

There are lots of good restaurants, particularly around the Waterfront area. By European standards, prices are extremely cheap (usually less then half-price, sometimes significantly less than half-price) Too wide a selection to choose from.

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