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South Africa's Proteaceae
Suid-Afrika se proteaceae: ken hulle en kweek hulle

Marie Vogts

1908 - 1998

Marie Vogts

Botanist and pioneer of the protea industry
The study of proteas was her life's work.
Author of South Africa's Proteaceae: Know them and grow them

With photos by Colin Paterson-Jones and drawings by Peter Slingsby, Struik, 1982

Marie Murrey Vogts was born on 7 February 1908 in .... She grew up in.... and studied at the University of Stellenbosch (BSc 1929 and a teaching diploma). She later obtained a PhD (1971) with a thesis on autecology and a variation of the King Protea - Protea cynaroides.
1936-49: Lecturer in Botany at the Paarl Teachers' College, where she also did research on the proteas in the Paarl Mountain Garden.
She married Bernard Vogts and moved to Pretoria, where she pioneered protea growing in Gauteng province.
Marie Vogts was President of the Botanical Section of the South Africa Association for the Advancement of Science from 1960-61. She was appointed as a Senior Professional Officer by the Department of Agriculture Technical Services in 1960 and remained in this post for 16 years, doing research on the growth of proteas with the help of the Botanical Research Institute and later the Fruit and Food Technology Research Institute.
In 1965 The family - they had a son, Karel - moved to Bettys Bay. After the death of her husband in 1968, she established the experimental Protea farm, Oudebosch, in the Palmiet river valley between Kleinmond and Betty's bay. The project was afterwards relocated to Tygerhoek outside Riviersonderend.

Marie Vogts later lived in Stellenbosch, Azaleahof. She died on 29 June 1998.

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