Namibian Garden's Desert Success
17 September 2007
The National Botanical Research Institute in Namibia has just opened a new Desert House, featuring over 200 species of rare and protected desert plants from the southern and central Namib and the Sperrgebiet. The plants include summer and winter bulbs, aloes, stone plants, terlagoniums, Bushman candles, pachypodium and crassulas.
The plants cannot be grown anywhere else in the Botanic Garden because they need to be protected from rain during the summer months, frost during winter and the marauding rock hyraxes that make their home in the garden.
The Desert House was officially opened in September by the Deputy Director for Training in the Ministry of Environment, Johanna Andowa.
Andowa acknowledged the Desert House's vital role in environmental education, by creating appreciation and awareness of Namibia's indigenous plants among Namibians and tourists alike.
"Desert House provides an opportunity for Namibians and tourists alike to see some of these plants without having to travel great distances to remote places," said Andowa.
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