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BUYISELA IMVELO ENGADINI (article first published : 2003-02-19)

The recently launched Buyisela Imvelo Engadini is the Zulu edition of Bring Nature Back to your Garden. Some 10,000 copies were sold of the English version which is in now its third reprint.

Promoting environmentally-friendly gardening, Buyisela Imvelo Engadini is published by the Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa (WESSA). The English edition has recently won a University of Natal book prize for popularizing science. A Western Edition, dealing with gardening in the western part of the country, was published recently.

The authors, Charles and Professor Julia Botha, have donated all royalties from the English and Zulu edition to WESSA which means that all income from books sold goes to conservation.

Buyisela Imvelo Engadini puts urban ecology into perspective in a fun way for city gardeners who are generally not used to dealing - in an environmentally-friendly way - with the apparent challenges of nature in their backyards. With this approach, gardeners can help preserve and restore a fast-disappearing natural heritage and can contribute to conservation right on their own doorsteps.

In non-scientific language, the book provides basic gardening rules and explains virtually all aspects of the garden. The various different chapters describe the dependence of humans upon nature, how to plant and landscape in a natural way, why a favourite tree is dying, garden birds and butterflies, container gardening, invasive alien plants and imported garden pests, garden ponds, beneficial garden creatures and a host of useful details.

To assist Zulu-speaking gardeners to communicate with those who have not yet mastered the isiZulu language, Buyisela Imvelo Engadini has a list of virtually all the Zulu names of a large number of indigenous plants opposite the English and Botanical equivalents. As this book is a pioneer work in many respects, the translators went to great lengths to unearth as many names as possible. However, as there aren't many Zulu-speaking botanists, ornithologists and entomologists around, nomenclature remains a tricky subject.

Buyisela Imvelo Engadini is a must for all Zulu-speaking gardeners and it is also useful to conservationists and anyone who has an interest in the natural sciences. It is enhanced throughout by delightful drawings by the late Eve Gibbs who died tragically last year after being knocked down by a motorist and the book is dedicated to her.

More details from Professor Julia Botha and Mr Charles Botha on 031 209 3929 or 260 4333 or e-mail: botha@nu.ac.za




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