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Garden Worlds very own exhibit 'A World in One Country'

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Arderne Gardens, Claremont, Cape TownArderne Gardens, Claremont, Cape TownA first this year will be Garden World’s very own ‘A World In One Country’. An exhibit which will feature settings of flora from The Table Mountain National Park in the Western Cape, Coffee Bay on the Wild Coast of the Eastern Cape, The Arderne Gardens with its shady glades, romantic nooks and ponds in Claremont in the Western Cape and a farm scene in Namaqualand in the Northern Cape.

 

Coffee Bay

The small town of Coffee Bay is found on the sub-tropical coast of the rugged 160km Wild Coast in the Eastern Cape Province. The town got its name when in 1893 a ship ran aground spilling its full cargo load of coffee beans into the bay. Some of the beans took root and grew into coffee shrubs but unfortunately today non are left to be seen.

The sandy beaches lie untouched between the unspoilt rolling green hills and the rough turquoise sea. Abundant in beauty and natural resources the region boasts indigenous fauna and flora with many species being endemic to the area. About half of the coastline consists of complex indigenous forests with many parts still remaining undescribed by botanists.


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In reality, several forest species that were hitherto unknown to science have been discovered in specific areas. An estimated 900 different forest and grassland species have been recognised as having homeopathic, traditional or commercial importance.

The Transkei region consists of distinctive vegetational zones with most of the region being grassland. Valley bushveld borders the larger river valleys and two thornveld types flanks the coastal strip. In the rest of the coastal plateau, sour grasses, forests and even fynbos occur. Mangrove and swamp forests are home to diverse flora and fauna species and have enormous ecological importance. They stabilise the water's edge and provide a habitat for birds, fish and other creatures where they can live, feed and breed.

Coffee Bay, a town of friendly smiling faces, long sandy beaches and stark natural beauty.

Table Mountain National Park

Table Mountain National Park is home to two famous landmarks. One being Table Mountain, one of the 7 New Natural Wonders of the World and the other being Cape of Good Hope, the most south-western extremity of Africa.

The park is a sanctuary of magnificent mountains dropping into the cool and nutrient rich crystal ocean with its sun-bleached white sands. The Table Mountain National Park has the richest single floristic region in the world with 1500 plant species found on Table Mountain and 2500 fynbos species on the Cape Peninsula with 500 species being ericas.

The Cape of Good Hope consists of the smallest but richest of the world's six floral kingdoms. A staggering 1100 species of indigenous plants are found here with many being endemic to the area - they are not found anywhere else on earth.





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The main type of vegetation in the Table Mountain National Park is fynbos and consists of proteas, ericas, restios and geophytes.Some of the fynbos such as sandstone fynbos is endangered vegetation that is only endemic to the Cape of Good Hope.

When table Mountain was recognised as a New Natural Wonder of the World 26 species were already declared extinct. Some of the most striking of the fynbos belong to the protea family with 24 species occurring here. These include king protea, sugarbush, golden cone bush and tree pincushion. Every 15 to 20 years the fynbos needs to burn so to prevent the domination of stronger species over weaker ones. If this does not happen more species of fynbos are under the threat of extinction. Pelargoniums, freesias, daisies, lilies and irises all have their origins in fynbos.The incredibly scenic Table Mountain National Park stretches from Signal Hill in the north all the way to the dramatic Cape Point in the south, a distance of about 60km.

 

Namaqualand

Namaqualand stretches from the West Coast to the town of Pofadder in the east, from the Orange River in the north down to the town of Garies in the south.

The unspoilt vastness of Namaqualand is far more than an area of blistering extremes and a dry and dusty earth. It is an area most people associate with Namaqualand daisies, because in spring, a seemingly lifeless Namaqualand explodes into a beautiful mass of floral display.

Namaqualand and Hantam Karoo, make up the Namaqualand region. A region that appears to consist of a thirsty earth with an unforgiving sky, but the opposite is true. It is a region rich in scenic landscapes and succulent flora. Due to the fact that rainfall is extraordinary reliable you have the largest and diverse concentration of succulent plants in the world.

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Namaqualand finds itself in the Succulent Karoo biome and has a diverse amount of leaf succulents, bulbs, minute succulents and annuals in abundance.In the Namaqualand National Park there is an estimated 3500 plant species and more than a thousand are endemic to the area and cannot be found anywhere else in the world. It has the largest concentration of succulent plants of any of the world’s arid regions.

The Northern Cape has an estimated 5400 species of plants occurring in six large biomes namely Succulent Karoo Biome, Nama Karoo Biome, Savanna Biome, Desert Biome, Grassland Biome and Fynbos Biome. Over 30% of the plants are endemic and occur in the Succulent Karoo biome. Many of the plants are endangered and rare.

Namaqualand hides much of her treasures, from a wealth of minerals and precious stones to the miracle that happens each year in spring when the most beautiful botanical spectacle occurs.

Arderne Gardens

The Arderne Gardens is a public park and an arboretum, situated in Claremont, Cape Town and was declared a Provincial Heritage. The garden contains a diverse and valuable collection of over 400 trees on a 4.5 hectare property. It boasts with the largest collection of exotic trees and shrubs in the Southern Hemisphere.  The garden which was planted up by plant collector and keen gardener Ralph Henry Arderne in 1845 is a popular place for locals to wander through and relax in.

Many of the trees are over a century old. One of the giants is the 37m high Moreton Bay fig which has become very popular as a backdrop for wedding photographs.




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Magnificent redwood trees, a 140m tall Norfolk Island pine, cedars of Lebanon, Australian flame trees and Queensland kauris, with its ancient lineage, are found around serene glades and lawns. The shade loving heirloom rhododendrons, camellias and azaleas bloom in mass at the end of winter with their flowers lasting for several weeks.

In this picture perfect garden you will find secluded benches under shady trees and ponds filled with fish and ducks, the ponds being a habitat to many creatures big and small. You will hear the chattering of many a bird as they go about their lives in their own little paradise. Attracting sunbathers, picnickers, joggers and dog-walkers, Arderne Gardens is one of Cape Town’s most popular green spaces.  A tranquil garden where time stands still, the perfect escape

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Garden World is on Beyers Naudé Drive in Muldersdrift.
For information on the Spring Festival and booking for the talks, workshops and music contact
Garden World on 011 957 2545 or 011 956 3003.

For more information on the festival visit www.gardenworld.co.za

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