Museums, Art Galleries and Botanical Gardens

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Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, Claremont, Cape Town, Cape Peninsula, Western Cape.

World famous garden. A living display of the floral riches of southern Africa. Established in 1913 to promote and conserve the indigenous flora of Southern Africa. On the eastern slopes of Table Mountain, it covers 528-Ha and includes both a cultivated garden and a nature reserve.  The developed garden (36-Ha) displays collections of Southern African plants, including many rare and endangered species.  Take time to explore the theme garden – the Fynbos Walk, Fragrance and Medicinal Gardens and the Waterwise Demonstration Garden.  And don’t forget to visit the Conservatory. With over 4500 plants, Kirstenbosch has a lot to offer.  Features include:

•    Fragrance garden. It features plants with unusual textures and scents
•    Braille Trail. A short self-guided trail that passes through a patch of wetland and natural forest
•    Medicinal Plants. Find out about the many medicinal uses of South African plants
•    Useful Plants. Discover how indigenous plants are used to make tea, coffee, dyes, rope, baskets and more
•    The Koppie. Only tough drought-resistant plants survive on this well-drained sandstone outcrop.
•    The Dell.  The oldest part of the garden, featuring Colonel Bird’s Bath, tree ferns and a variety of shade-loving plants.
•    Cycad Amphitheatre.  Features an ancient plant group which date to the time before dinosaurs roamed the earth.
•    Pearson’s Grave. Professor Harold Pearson was the first Director of Kirstenbosch, whose vision led to its establishment in 1913.
•    Mathew’s Rockery.  Displays succulents and plants from the drier parts of the country.
•    Vygies. A kaleidoscope of colour in October when these succulent plants are in full flower.
•    Annuals. Enjoy a spectacular show of colour in spring. Best viewed at midday when the Namaqualand daisies have opened fully.
•    Fynbos Walk.  This walk leads from the Rycroft Gate through a unique type of vegetation called “fynbos”.
•    Erica Garden. Contains a selection of the over 600 erica species found in South Africa.
•    Protea Garden. Visit during winter and spring to see proteas, serrurias and cone bushes in flower. In early summer pincushions provide a colourful display. ]
•    Restio Garden. Displays the variety of texture and form found in the Cape Reed family.
•    Buchus. A highly aromatic plant group belonging to the citrus family
•    Van Riebeeck’s Hedge. Planted in 1660 as a boundary of the newly-established Cape Colony.
•    Camphor Avenue. Planted in 1898 by Cecil John Rhodes, it provides a cool shady walk in summer.
•    Botanical Society Conservatory. Desert house which displays succulent treasures of southern Africa, as well as a collection of bulbs, ferns and South African alpine plants.
•    Vlei Garden. Natural seep which is rich in plant and animal life.
•    Peninsula Garden. Displays some of the 2500 plant species found on the Cape Peninsula.
•    Water-wise Garden. Create a home garden that requires less water and maintenance than an ordinary water-thirsty garden.
•    Fynbos Demonstration Garden. Shows the use of fynbos in the home
•    Arboretum.  A collection of over 450 Southern African tree species, mainly from the sub-tropical coastal and bushveld areas. The enchanted forest is found here – the main theme concentrating on sub-tropical plantations. Birdlife in this area is abundant.
•    Guided Walks and Trails. Arranged for groups. They range from 1.5-km (45 minutes) to 7.8-km (3 hours). Access to Table Mountain via well-marked routes up Skeleton Gorge and Nursery Ravine. Contact +27 (21) 761 4916
•    Visitors Centre. Browse for gifts and enjoy tea and a light snack. Includes a conference and exhibition centre. Contact +27 (21) 762 2510.
•    Garden Centre. Buy a variety of indigenous plants. Contact +27 (21) 762 1621.
•    Restaurant. Open daily. Fynbos self-service (09h00 to 18h00) and Silver Tree a la carte (11h00 to 15h00 and 18h00 to 22h00). Contact +27 (21) 762 9585
•    School Groups. Contact the Goldfields Educational Centre. Contact +27 (21) 762 1166.
•    Photography. Several opportunities for photographs.
•    Membership of the Botanical Society. Contact +27 (21) 797 2090 telephone or +27 (21) 797 2376 fax.

Open every day of the year from 08h00 to 18h00 (April through August) and 08h00 to 19h00 (September through March). For information call +27 (21) 762 9120 during the week and +27 (21) 761 4916 on weekends. AAKirstenbosch

Contct:            The Curator
Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden
Private Bag X7 Claremont 735
+27 (21) 762 9120 telephone
+27 (762 3229 fax

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