Arderne Gardens

Cape Town

These shady gardens planted by botanist Ralph Arderne in 1845 represent the oldest collection of trees in the southern hemisphere and include bamboo, fir, gum and enormous Moreton Bay fig trees. It’s a lovely place to wander around for an afternoon, and is especially colourful on weekends, when many Capetonian wedding parties come to have their photos taken.

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