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Arderne Gardens, Cape Town

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Arderne Gardens is a public park and arboretum in Claremont, Cape Town, located in the Western Cape of South Africa. It was established by in 1845 by Ralph Henry Arderne, a timber merchant originally from Cheshire, England. In 1979, the park was named a South African Provincial Heritage Site. It is now a popular venue for wedding photographs.

The 4.5-hectare park contains over 300 trees, six of which have been distinguished as Champion Trees by the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries. The Moreton Bay fig near the park entrance is one of the largest trees in the country and is nicknamed the "Wedding Tree" by locals. The ponds in the garden are the source of the Black River which then runs underground beneath Main Road and the railway line before emerging as a canal. The garden is most well known for the wide open lawn (sometimes called the "great lawn") surrounding a Norfolk Pine and a Japanese-style koi pond. Unlike nearby Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, the focus of the Arderne Gardens is the cultivation of exotic species.

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  • Super annoyed. The security told us we must pack up we not allowed to picnic. Upon our exit I told them there are more people picnicking and then they said 'oh we were wrong it is allowed'. They had.....  more »
  • We had a very nice afternoon wandering around these gardens on the hill. Some very special landscaping, exotic plants, great views of the city. A nice treasure of the city.  more »
  • Beautiful gardens to relax as a family/group/couple. We had a lovely picnic there yesterday (Sunday). Stunning lawns and it truly feels like you are in an oasis, especially if you walk slightly deeper in and then you can't hear the main road at all. A very special place. Bonus is that there is free entry, and you can bring picnic blankets and food.
  • A very beautiful place to relax and have a picnic with your family or friends. You can find a valuable collection of very big, old and exotic trees. It is quite on a weekday, during weekends after 11am it is usually crowded because people taking wedding pictures which is very popular for it.
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