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    Zambians of all races take pleasure in visiting 'MUNDA WANGA' Lusaka's Botanical Gardens, and at week-ends and on holidays many families go there to picnic and relax in Zambia's Kew Gardens.

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    Zambians of all races take pleasure in visiting 'MUNDA WANGA' Lusaka's Botanical Gardens, and at week-ends and on holidays many families go there to picnic and relax in Zambia's Kew Gardens.

    Started as a hobby fourteen years ago by Mr. Sander, then a Forestry Officer with the Forestry Department the gardens have grown over the years from a few acres to their present forty acres. Stretching away on both sides of the MUSAMBANGOMBE stream the gardens are at an altitude of 4,250 feet with an average rainfall of 35 in. no frost and temperatures from min. 13?F to 95?F. In these ideal climatic conditions, many tropical and sub-tropical plants thrive. Attractions at the gardens include seventeen terraces of varying shapes sloping down to the river running through its centre, a Japanese water garden of one acre, wild-life 'orphanage' for the children, Chinese stone-walled bridge over the stream, rest house, tiled swimming pool, tree-summer houses, five-lily ponds, eight fountains and two water-falls. The pools are stocked with bream to keep them clear from weed. At Independence time (October 1964) a special bridge of stone called the 'Zambia' Bridge was built over the stream to commemorate Zambia's attainment of independence. A snake-pit has been established which it is hoped will grow into a snake park, and this year a ceramic artist is making pottery souvenirs for visitors, each article having a leaf from a plant grown in the gardens pressed on it. The botanical concentration at Munda Wanga includes fourteen years collection of 202 trees, 380 shrubs, 60 different bougainvillaeas, 47 hibiscus, 35 water-lilies, 210 pot plants, 80 cacti, 50 succulents, 25 aloes, 51 creepers and climbers, 30 orchids 27 ferns, 110 roses, 47 bromemiads and 460 herbaceous plants; 18 ornamental grasses reeds and bamboos and 22 aquatic plants. These are all different types and species and have been collected from Australia, India, Brazil, Mexico, Canary Is. Malaysia, Madagascar, U.S.A., China, Korea, Japan, Guatemala, Argentina, Siam, Canada, New Zealand, Jamaica, Cuba, Russia, Israel, Mauritius and many countries in Europe and Africa. In return the seed bank at Munda Wanga has supplied seed to many countries throughout the world.

    The 'Desert Rose' (adenium multiflorum is a plant collected in 1958 from the Gwembe Valley in Zambia, now covered by the

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    Film ID:
    VLVA8UXLFE5JMFBVCTWI2P0YIV9BP
    Media URN:
    VLVA8UXLFE5JMFBVCTWI2P0YIV9BP
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    09/06/1965
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:06:51:00
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    N/A

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