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Cape Town’s Company’s Garden is to Capetonians (Cape Town residents) what Central Park is to New Yorkers, a relaxing green lung within a metropolis. While not nearly on the scale of Central Park, the Company’s Garden was once three times the size of its current 6ha size and was originally established in 1652 by the Dutch East India Company to provide vegetables and fruit to passing ships. Master gardener Hendrik Boom was appointed this task and he successfully laid out water canals between the plants and added herbs, roses, vines and medicinal plants to the mix. Over time, official buildings encroached on the land and what remained was developed into an ornamental garden with exotic plants and trees planted. Today, the trees have grown to massive heights and pathways, benches and manicured lawns are there for the public to enjoy. Grey squirrels were introduced into the gardens and they settled in well enough to spread... Show more
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