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The Stellenbosch University Botanical Gardens is tucked away in a leafy suburban street of Stellenbosch town in the Western Cape. The gardens began in 1902 when a small section of land was set aside for plant research. Since those days, the layout has been formalised and although limited for space, the garden is crammed with thousands of floral varieties.
Take a walk through the gardens to see the typical fynbos that occurs naturally throughout the Western Cape including a species no longer seen in the wild, then on to the medicinal plants section used by indigenous tribes to treat all manner of ailment, through the herb and vegetable garden, and finally via the tree section where a few giant American sequoia and redwood species have established themselves.
In the greenhouses are interesting plants such as the welwitschia, a living fossil from Namibia. The gardens boasts a fine collection too of bonsai trees and colourful oxalis that... Show more