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Ernst van Jaarveld

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Employment History

  • Botanist and the Curator
    Kirstenbosch Conservatory
  • Leading Horticulturist
    Kirstenbosch Conservatory
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Web References
The Peninsula's king of indigenous shade ..., 7 Mar 2013 [cached]
The Peninsula's king of indigenous shade gardening is Kirstenbosch's Ernst van Jaarsveld. For decades, he has advised gardeners which indigenous, and even endemic, plants are suited to dry, shady areas and narrow alleyways that never see the sun.
"Dry shade is probably the most common problem, and is usually found beneath trees and shrubs," he says. "By choosing local indigenous plants to suit this situation, rather than battle against it, you will greatly reduce the amount of maintenance required to keep your garden thriving. And you will be working in harmony with nature, which means you will also make your garden more attractive to wildlife."
One of the causes of dry conditions beneath trees is root competition between plants' roots and trees' surface roots.
Van Jaarsveld says: "Plants adapted to dry shade often feature large, leathery or succulent leaves, while smaller, ground-covering plants have fleshy roots or bulb scales."
SA World Heritage Site, 5 Oct 2009 [cached]
Ernst van Jaarsveld - Photographer
Ernst is a botanist and the curator of the Kirstenbosch Conservatory in Kirstenbosch Gardens, Cape Town. He has been awarded the Senior Captain Scott medal by the Academy of Science of South Africa for his research on South African plants, the Dudley D'Ewes medal from the Botanical Society for the promotion of South African plants and the Hans Herre medal from the succulent society of South Africa. Ernst has authored more than 200 articles, co-authored numerous books including Wonderful Waterwise Gardening, Cotyledon & Tilcodon, Succulents of South Africa, Gaterias of South Africa and Vygies, Gems of the Veld. Ernst is making available his personal collection of photographs taken over 20 years of field research and numerous extensive hiking and climbing expeditions into the Richtersveld and the Cape Floristic Region of South Africa.
A granite outcrop south-east of the ..., 23 May 2011 [cached]
A granite outcrop south-east of the Brackenfell residential area has been identified by Ernst van Jaarsveld, a leading horticulturist at Kirstenbosch, as an area of great botanical interest.
3:45 - 4:30 p.m. South African ..., 6 Jan 2013 [cached]
3:45 - 4:30 p.m. South African Salvias - habitat, ecology, diversity and their ornamental potential . - Ernst van Jaarsveld ( Kirstenbosch Botanic Garden , South Africa )
Ernst van Jaarsveld , a renowned horticulturist, has been employed at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden in South Africa since 1974 and is currently the curator of the Kirstenbosch Conservatory. He has written numerous books on South African plants and gardening. He has collected Salvias in South Africa and discovered Salvia thermarum in 1998.
Wildflowers of South Africa with Ernst ..., 18 July 2008 [cached]
Wildflowers of South Africa with Ernst Van Jaarsveld of
Ernst has worked at Kirstenbosch, the South African National Botanical Garden in Cape Town, for nearly 40 years.He has written hundreds of scientific and popular articles about South African flora, and published many classic books on a variety of topics.No one has traveled more extensively around that diverse country than Ernst, and no one can convey the excitement and richness of this nation that is home to one out of every 10 plants that grow on planet earth.
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