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kirstenbosch national botanical gardens

cape town, south africa

designer: Professor Harold Pearson
owner: South African National Biodiversity Institute
style: 20th century botanical garden in parkland
size: garden 89 acres; park 1,305 acres
climate: mediterranean
location: cape town, western cape
[source: 1001 gardens you must see before you die]

I was in Cape Town for very different reasons than to visit gardens of any sort, but, with a a little spare time available – this year I managed it.

To say I was blown away and left mesmerised is an understatement. This is the ultimate in relaxation, garden enthusiast or not. That said, I cheated-ish, well… An eight seater golf cart pulled into the front car park just as I was buying my ticket – and so I got the guided tour. I could have walked, but it was easier to sit and learn. As a by the way, it costs 32 Rand [approximately €2.50] to take the guided tour by cart 😉

The back drop is of course the amazing table mountains. The Camphor [Cinnamonum camphor] tree avenues are equally superb and stood out to me as they were the answer to a question in a recent pub quiz 😉 and outside of that the Strelitzia’s especially the much raved of ‘Mandelas Gold’ variety is there in abundance. The photographs will show some of these wrapped in chicken wire – this is to capture the seed by the way [I did listen… 🙂 ]

I did it in one hour – it’s all I had time for – I could have stayed there forever. I loved every second.

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 Lá Nua did an article on our company recently. As a result, I got a great email from Eoin O’ Riain in Galway who says:

Molaim sibh as an suíomh álainn – tá nasc curtha chugaibh agam ar an leathanach

http://anghaeltacht.net/gno/index.html Níl mórán seans go ndéanfaimís gnó le chéile.

This hasn’t got so much anything to do with horticulture, as such, but it always nice to get great feedback and know that the extra effort made by the good people of my office is appreciated.

Eoins hompage is really worth a look.

Go raibh míle maith agat [agus Eoin]. Slán go foill, Peadar