Johannesburg Botanical Garden
Areas of Johannesburg Botanical Garden
Herbarium and LibraryThe herbarium houses 5532 indigenous and exotic pressed plant specimens, which help visitors and staff help identify the foliage in the park. Next to the herbarium, the seed room houses seed collections from other Johannesburg City parks. The library has 1421 books, and 1414 journals and pamphlets on taxonomy, biodiversity, morphology, plant anatomy, plant geography, ethnobotany, and landscaping. 07:30 to 15: 30 (Monday- Friday) For enquiries and more information, contact Anni Bruyns on (011) 782 0517 The herbarium offers free services such as: Plant identification (assisted and self-service) Tours School group tours (booked through Environmental Education) Access to the library and herbarium collection
The Chapel GardenDesigned to accommodate weddings from all cultures, the Chapel Garden is also the most affordable wedding venue in Johannesburg.
The Shakespeare GardenThe Shakespeare Garden is planted with herbs referred to by Shakespeare in his plays, including mint, camomile, marjoram, and lavender. Each plant is labelled and includes the quote referring to the particular plant. Each year a Shakespeare festival comprising song, music, and comedy is held in the garden to celebrate his birthday. The audience sits on a circular amphitheatre in very pleasant surroundings.
The Rose GardenThe Rose Garden was laid out by curator Patric Chambers in 1964 and is planted with 10 000 roses in seven sloping terraces. It is based on a Renaissance/Baroque garden, and every year an old bed is cleared and planted with the newest roses on the market. This garden is surrounded by Japanese flowering cherries, and together with the roses, it makes a breathtaking setting in spring. Wedding parties often take advantage of this splendour for their photograph albums.
The Herb GardenThe Herb Garden contains the usual herbs but also a section devoted to African medicinal herbs, as well as culinary herbs, cosmetic herbs, oil-yielding herbs, and herbs used for the production of dyes.
Hedge GardenAn interesting hedge garden consists of 58 different types of hedges, demonstrating those that require trimming and those growing in free form.
ArboretumThe main arboretum has a mix of Californian Redwoods, English oaks, silver birches, and cork oaks from Spain and Portugal.
Succulent GardenExperience the desert at the Botanical Garden, where a garden for succulents was opened in 2006 by City Parks MD Luther Williamson. It is designed to look like a desert with a dry river bed and using silica sand. There are more than 85 species of succulent plants in the garden, which was developed “100 percent internally” by City Parks employees, according to Shonisani Munzhedzi, the General Manager of Environment Conservation Development. The garden contains examples from the aloe, euphorbia, emblem, sansevieria and, even, the cactus family, including South Africa’s only indigenous cactus. The [BOLD]succulent collection at the Johannesburg Botanical Garden consists of South African succulents as well as plants from Namibia, Madagascar, Zimbabwe, Ethiopia, Saudi Arabia, the Canary Islands, Europe, Asia and the Americas. The succulents are housed in six glasshouses - pots and pots and pots of beautiful, bulbous plants Viewing by appointment only. Contact (011) 782-0517