This special commemorative garden was established in 2004. The garden is in honour of Dr Richard Liversidge, Director of the McGregor Museum from 1966 to 1986, a very special, much-loved and respected natural historian. Richard Liversidge made a great contribution to the conservation of the natural and cultural heritage of our province, and a memorial garden filled with the trees and birds he so dearly loved is a fitting tribute to such a great man. He was a great friend and mentor and his frequent visits and good advice will be sorely missed. An opening ceremony was held in March 2004 and five trees were planted in the memorial garden, the first one by Vivienne Liversidge. Mr Koning Scholtz (Snr), a former chairperson of the McGregor Museum Board of Trustees who worked with Richard, paid a beautiful tribute to Richard during the ceremony. Many thanks to the sponsors, namely Jill Adams, the Wildlife & Environment Society of South Africa Northern Cape Region, the Historical Society of Kimberley & the Northern Cape, and Supermix (PTY) LTD. for covering all the expenses.
The Alex Hall Memorial Garden
The Alex Hall Memorial Garden is situated between the McGregor Museum and the Duggan Cronin Gallery, and is a work in progress. There is a tree and shrub trail running through this garden, which starts at the McGregor Shop (south-eastern corner of the building) and proceeds on a circular route over the lawns and into the Alex Hall Memorial Garden. You will notice a numbered plate below 20 trees and shrubs. The numbers refer to the corresponding numbers in a booklet with information on the trail and species you’ll encounter, which can be obtained from the curator at the museum front desk.
In the Alex Hall Memorial Garden and closer to the small hill, you will come across a number of other indigenous shrubs and aloes. A few species of bulbs are in flower during autumn and spring and grow scattered throughout the garden. There are often a few species of annual plants, common in Namaqualand, dotting the garden with colour during spring. Roughly ten common grass species are present a few weeks after rainfall.
Keep a look out for both Dusky and White-bellied Sunbirds feeding on the aloe flowers, and for Gabar Goshawks chasing pigeons overhead. Black Eagle, Booted Eagle and Fish Eagle are regularly seen flying in these skies. Occasionally you might spot a White-backed Vulture or two circling overhead. A number of other interesting birds can be spotted in the garden; Scaly-feathered Finches, Lesser Honey Guides, Yellow Canaries and Black-chested Prinias to name but a few.
Several aloes and other species in the garden have medicinal value.
Find out more about these species at the museum.
For further information contact Ms. J. Gibbs at the Museum.