The World’s Richest Natural Garden


Cape Town’s Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden came out tops in the recent 2015 International Garden Tourism Awards presented by the International Garden Tourism Network (IGTN) in Toronto, Canada.

Curator Philip le Roux says the flagship garden of the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) showcases the diverse Cape Floral kingdom in a very accessible way – to say nothing of delighting visitors with its award-winning walkway, The Boomslang.
Read more about Kirstenbosch’s origins, centenary celebrations in 2013 and Chelsea Flower Show award-winning displays, posted over several years, see here too.

If the Cape Floral Kingdom, or fynbos, is a botanical treasure chest, then one of its most brilliant gems is the Cape Peninsula. This tiny patch of land, only some 470 sq km in extent honours a staggering 2,285 flowering plant species. Botanisists never tire of pointing out that the 57 sq km of Table Mountain alone has some 1,470 plant species, only just fewer than the 1,492 found in Britian in an area of 308,000 sq km – or more species than the whole of Sweden, which is a thousand times larger.

Table Mountain National Park is unique because it both conserves elements of the globally important Cape Floral Kingdom and is one of only a handful of national parks anywhere in the world located entirely within a major metropolitan area. Its motto is A Park For All, Forever.
The Park is an urban reserve stretching from Signal Hill in the city to Cape Point, all the way south, encompassing iconic Table Mountain, magnificent valleys, bays and beaches. It is recocgnised as one of the world’s most remarkable attractions – a scenic, historic, cultural and recreational asset.

Why don’t you join our tour A Floral Treasure Chest, scheduled in spring (late October), that offers you insights into South Africa’s unique botanical wealth, abundant beauty, endless skies and friendly people?

Contribution courtesy ”Mountain in the Sea” – produced for South African National Parks by John Yeld & Martine Becker. Image credit

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