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Johannesburg Botanical Gardens

Johannesburg Botanical Gardens

Set on the western shores of the Emmarentia Dam, Johannesburg Botanic Garden is one of the city’s parks – a green space in the middle of Jo’burgs northern suburbs about 6 kilometres from the city centre – with over 30 000 trees, a large rose garden, the site of over 4 500 varieties, and a space through which Jo’burgers can stroll and meet to relax for picnics and play with children.

Interestingly, the Johannesburg Botanic Garden is also one of the youngest gardens in the country at only just over 30 years of age. It was voted the best passive recreation space in the city by its residents in 2004 that make use of the greenery to escape the drudgery of city living, and is involved in a seed exchange programme with another 300 odd gardens throughout the world.

The Johannesburg Botanic Garden has some of the finest plant collections in the world that include indigenous trees and succulents, and its herb garden contains a surprising collection of traditional African medicinal herbs, culinary, medicinal and cosmetic herbs.

Read more about the Johannesburg Botanical Gardens and other Johannesburg City Parks here

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