Johannesburg Botanical Gardens
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The outdoor Chapel Garden is one of the most affordable – and beautiful – wedding venues in Johannesburg.
The Johannesburg Botanical Gardens are an inspiring mix of open spaces that includes marshland, grassland, trees and cultivated gardens.
A central and popular feature of these botanical gardens in Johannesburg is Emmarentia Dam. Built in the early 19th century, after the South African War, the dam remains popular with urban canoeists, kayakers, boating enthusiasts, casual anglers and many aquatic waterfowl.
These botanical gardens are well known for a variety of specialist garden area. These include a Shakespeare Garden planted with herbs referred to by the bard in his plays, with a quote to accompany each aromatic; and an Herb Garden featuring separate sections for culinary, cosmetic, oil-yielding and African indigenous medicinal herbs.
Making these gardens amongst the city's most romantic spaces are a Chapel Garden and Rose Garden. The Chapel Garden is designed to accommodate bridal parties from all cultures and religious backgrounds, while the adjacent Rose Garden provides an idyllic setting for photos with its magnificent collection of roses and flowering Japanese cherry trees.
Ardent plant lovers will want to visit the Hedge Garden, which consists of 58 different hedge types, trimmed and growing in tree form. In the Arboretum, there are Californian redwoods, English oaks, silver birches and cork oak trees to admire.
The Johannesburg Botanical Gardens' most outstanding garden is, ironically, found indoors. Open for viewing by appointment only, the succulent collection is kept in 6 glass houses and contains 85 species of succulents and cacti from all over the world.
The central purpose of the Johannesburg Botanical Gardens, however, is to provide an attractive outdoor recreational space for the public, including wheelchair-bound and otherly-abled visitors.
Jogging, cycling and walking dogs along the garden's well-marked tracks are popular activities, along with bird watching and walks through the gardens' evergreen, acacia and podocarpus forests.
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Who to contact
Johannesburg City Parks
Tel: +27 (0)11 712 6600
Fax: +27 (0)11 339 2692