Travel theme: Gardens

Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden

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 Kirstenbosch is the name of a famous botanical garden nestled at the foot of Table Mountain in Cape Town. It is on the eastern slopes of the mountain.

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The garden is one of nine National Botanical Gardens covering five of South Africa‘s six different biomes. When Kirstenbosch, the most famous of the gardens, was founded in 1913 to preserve the country’s uniqueflora, it was the first botanical garden in the world with this ethos. Furthermore, what makes the Gardens so famous worldwide is that (with minor exceptions) only indigenous plants are cultivated.

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The garden includes a large conservatory (The Botanical Society Conservatory) exhibiting plants from a number of different regions, including savannafynboskaroo and others. Outdoors, the focus moves to plants native to the Cape region, highlighted by the spectacular collections of proteas.IMG_1407

IMG_1460Kirstenbosch enjoys great popularity with residents and visitors. From the gardens several trails lead off along and up the mountain slopes and these are much used by walkers and mountaineers. IMG_1394For more photo’s  click on the link below:

6 thoughts on “Travel theme: Gardens

  1. Given your header I figured you might enjoy gardens 😀
    Thank you for showing me Kirstenbosch. I love this place and spent many an hour wandering through its treasures when I lived in the Cape. Sadly I never got many photos of the glorious protea; I guess I shall have to make another visit.
    Jude xx

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