Cape Town Company Gardens

Company Gardens

The Company Garden is a park and heritage site located in central Cape Town.

The garden was originally created in the 1650s by the region's first European settlers and provided fertile ground to grow fresh produce to replenish ships rounding the Cape. It is watered from the Molteno Dam, which uses water from the springs on the lower slopes of Table Mountain.

Features in the Company Garden Park

  • The oldest cultivated pear tree in South Africa (circa 1652)
  • A rose garden designed and built in 1929
  • A well stocked fish pond
  • Dellville Wood Memorial Garden, which commemorates the World War | Battle of Delville Wood in France, in which a predominantly South African force of more than 3,000 soldiers was reduced to 755 survivors by German forces
  • An aviary
  • Restaurant – The Company's Garden Restaurant
  • Botanically and historically valuable trees
  • Local arts and crafts along the avenue
  • Lawns and benches
  • A herb and succulent garden
  • Historic statues
  • IZiko South African Museum and Iziko National Galley

It was in the 1500's the Company Gardens was birthed, and the intent was to provide fresh water for the ship sailors in between their journeys. The spice trade between Western Europe and Asia was booming back then, and the hustle and bustle of sailors grew every day. This company garden provided the perfect stop over for hydration top ups, but also for fruit and vegetables which were later planted to sustain these sailors before they took off for the Indian Ocean. Jan van Riebeek embarked on a journey around 1965 to settle in the Cape, where he then cultivated and developed this garden. Thanks to him we have a beautiful botanical garden in the heart of the Mother City, which is now open and free for all.

 

 

Open hours: 
Monday: 7:00-19:00
Tuesday: 7:00-19:00
Wednesday: 7:00-19:00
Thursday: 7:00-19:00
Friday: 7:00-19:00
Saturday: 7:00-19:00
Sunday: 7:00-19:00
Where: 
19 Queen Victoria Street
Cape Town City Centre
Cape Town
South Africa
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