The beautiful Arderne Gardens on the Main Road in Claremont are truly a hidden gem. Much larger and more impressive than you would imagine from the road, the garden is a South African National Monument and home to more than 300 trees. There are a beautiful variety of shady trees and plants, Japanese style koi ponds, and one of the most diverse and valuable collections of exotic trees in all of South Africa - including one of the largest trees in South Africa – the Moreton Bay Fig. Geese, ducks and fish also make their homes here on the grassy lawns and in the ponds.
The gardens were established in 1845 by Ralph Henry Arderne, a British timber merchant who acquired the land in Claremont to build his home, The Hill. Collecting plants from all over the world, he created a beautiful garden which soon became famous. Since the late 1920’s the gardens have been owned and maintained by the City Council and provide a tranquil space for everyone to enjoy.
Entrance to the gardens are free, however donations are welcome and there is a donation box at the entrance. Open from 08h00 – 18h00 all year round.
For more info, go to www.ardernegardens.org.za