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EEnjoy a picnic on the large open lawn under the shade of one of the ancient trees. Cycle or run, while watching the activities of canoeists and boaters on the dam. Walk your dog, while taking in the smell of nature when you explore this garden.

The Johannesburg Botanical Garden offers a green space in the middle of an urban area. At its heart is the Emmarentia Dam. The garden itself is a mixture of open spaces that includes marshland, grassland, trees, and cultivated gardens, making it an attractive outdoor recreational space for everyone, including visitors in wheelchairs.

Jogging, cycling and walking dogs along the garden's well-marked tracks are popular activities, along with bird watching and walks through the garden’s evergreen, acacia and podocarp forests.

Did You Know?
OOf the three parking areas, the main one has a unique design that conceals it from inside and outside the garden. When the area was excavated, the soil was used to create a berm to hide it from view.

TThere are trees from all over the world—grown from seed through the garden's global exchange programme with other botanical institutions. Every year some 3000 packets of seeds are exchanged—some rare and endangered.

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