KIRSTENBOSCH NATIONAL BOTANIC GARDEN, CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA

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KIRSTENBOSCH NATIONAL BOTANICAL GARDEN
Cape Town, South Africa.

The photos of plants seen in Kirstenbosch were sent to me by a nephew who visited the gardens in August 2023.

There are many articles in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN mentioning Kirstenbosch, I will be referring to several of them.

First a general view of the garden. 

THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 71 January 2013
An interesting article all about the garden
KIRSTENBOSCH BOTANICAL GARDEN by Margaret Johnston

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Living in Korinthos, Greece.
No garden but two balconies, one facing south and the other north.
Most of my plants are succulents which need little care

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Re: KIRSTENBOSCH NATIONAL BOTANIC GARDEN, CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA
« Reply #1 on: April 02, 2024, 07:52:10 AM »
KIRSTENBOSCH NATIONAL BOTANICAL GARDEN
Cape Town, South Africa, August 2023.

Encephalartos, a cycad growing in in the garden not to mention the metal dinosaur stalking nearby.

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Further down, an area planted with palms and cycads includes a well-placed metal dinosaur who looks perfectly at home in his surroundings.
Cycads are mentioned in
A VISIT TO SOUTH AFRICA
By Geoff Crowhurst
THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 106 October 2021

For photographs see
https://www.mediterraneangardensociety.org/106-crowhurst.html
MGS member
Living in Korinthos, Greece.
No garden but two balconies, one facing south and the other north.
Most of my plants are succulents which need little care

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Re: KIRSTENBOSCH NATIONAL BOTANIC GARDEN, CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA
« Reply #2 on: April 03, 2024, 08:26:12 AM »


KIRSTENBOSCH NATIONAL BOTANICAL GARDEN
Cape Town, South Africa, August 2023.
Strelitzia reginae
And as a bonus a stamp from South Africa depicting the Strelitzia

 THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN NUMBER 107 January 2022
BIRDS OF PARADISE by Geoff Crowhurst

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Living in Korinthos, Greece.
No garden but two balconies, one facing south and the other north.
Most of my plants are succulents which need little care

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Re: KIRSTENBOSCH NATIONAL BOTANIC GARDEN, CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA
« Reply #3 on: April 04, 2024, 06:10:00 AM »
KIRSTENBOSCH NATIONAL BOTANICAL GARDEN
Cape Town, South Africa, August 2023.

An exhibition of plants found in the Fynbos

A VISIT TO SOUTH AFRICA:
PART 1, BOTANICAL GARDENS
By Valerie Whittington
THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 88 April 2017

For photographs of some of the gardens
http://www.mediterraneangardensocietyarchive.org/stellenbosch.html
MGS member
Living in Korinthos, Greece.
No garden but two balconies, one facing south and the other north.
Most of my plants are succulents which need little care

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Re: KIRSTENBOSCH NATIONAL BOTANIC GARDEN, CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA
« Reply #4 on: April 05, 2024, 06:24:59 AM »
KIRSTENBOSCH NATIONAL BOTANICAL GARDEN
Cape Town, South Africa, August 2023.

 I searched the Internet to try to identify this plant, I might be wrong.
Leucadendron argenteum

Leucadendron argenteum is mentioned in
 CONQUERING TABLE MOUNTAIN 
By Kirsten Honeyman
THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 90 October 2017

For photographs see
http://www.mediterraneangardensocietyarchive.org/90-table.html
MGS member
Living in Korinthos, Greece.
No garden but two balconies, one facing south and the other north.
Most of my plants are succulents which need little care

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Re: KIRSTENBOSCH NATIONAL BOTANIC GARDEN, CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA
« Reply #5 on: April 06, 2024, 06:56:16 AM »
KIRSTENBOSCH NATIONAL BOTANICAL GARDEN
Cape Town, South Africa, August 2023.
Protea subvestita
Since the plants were not named, I searched the Internet to try to identify them, I might be wrong.
Protea are mentioned in the following article but not specifically Protea subvestita.
A WATERWISE GARDEN AT KIRSTENBOSCH
by Liesl van der Walt
THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 27 January 2002
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Living in Korinthos, Greece.
No garden but two balconies, one facing south and the other north.
Most of my plants are succulents which need little care

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Re: KIRSTENBOSCH NATIONAL BOTANIC GARDEN, CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA
« Reply #6 on: April 07, 2024, 06:15:46 AM »
KIRSTENBOSCH NATIONAL BOTANICAL GARDEN
Cape Town, South Africa, August 2023.
Since the plants were not named, I searched the Internet to try to identify them, I might be wrong.
Leucospermum cordifolium

As luck would have It, I have a postage stamp and a postcard depicting this plant.
On the back of the postcard is written 
‘Pincushion and a Sugarbird ‘

Leucospermum cordifolium is mentioned as growing in the Kirstenbosch Garden in
A BOTANICAL TOUR OF NAMAQUALAND by Andrew Sloan
THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 111 January 2023

See THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN SOCIETY website for photographs that will help you to appreciate and visualize the plants and scenery described

https://www.mediterraneangardensociety.org/111-tour.html
MGS member
Living in Korinthos, Greece.
No garden but two balconies, one facing south and the other north.
Most of my plants are succulents which need little care

Hilary

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Re: KIRSTENBOSCH NATIONAL BOTANIC GARDEN, CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA
« Reply #7 on: April 08, 2024, 08:03:21 AM »
KIRSTENBOSCH NATIONAL BOTANICAL GARDEN
Cape Town, South Africa, August 2023.
Since the plants were not named, I searched the Internet to try to identify them, I might be wrong.
Chasmanthe floribunda

Chasmanthe floribunda is mentioned in
CAPE BULBS by Heidi Gildemeister 
THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN  number 27 January 2002

MGS member
Living in Korinthos, Greece.
No garden but two balconies, one facing south and the other north.
Most of my plants are succulents which need little care

Hilary

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Re: KIRSTENBOSCH NATIONAL BOTANIC GARDEN, CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA
« Reply #8 on: April 09, 2024, 06:11:42 AM »
KIRSTENBOSCH NATIONAL BOTANICAL GARDEN
Cape Town, South Africa,  August 2023.
Since the plants were not named, I searched the Internet to try to identify them, I might be wrong.

Paranomus reflexus

Two photos and a postage stamp from South Africa

Although I couldn't find a reference to this plant in the Journal index, I thought you might like to read
PLANTS THAT STAND ON THEIR HEADS
By Joanna Millar
THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 1 Summer 1995
This Journal is available as a free download.
https://www.mediterraneangardensociety.org/journal1.pdf

MGS member
Living in Korinthos, Greece.
No garden but two balconies, one facing south and the other north.
Most of my plants are succulents which need little care

Hilary

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Re: KIRSTENBOSCH NATIONAL BOTANIC GARDEN, CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA
« Reply #9 on: April 10, 2024, 07:47:36 AM »
KIRSTENBOSCH NATIONAL BOTANICAL GARDEN
Cape Town, South Africa, August 2023.
Since the plants were not named, I searched the Internet to try to identify them but I was not successful with this one.

Protea, anonymous

In A LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN, number 16 Spring 1999, Heidi Gildemeister refers to the journal produced by the Botanical Society of Kirstenbosch.

In the same journal there is an article written by Anda Wayland about her garden in South Africa where Protea abound.
TSITSIKAMMA GARDENING
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Living in Korinthos, Greece.
No garden but two balconies, one facing south and the other north.
Most of my plants are succulents which need little care

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Re: KIRSTENBOSCH NATIONAL BOTANIC GARDEN, CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA
« Reply #10 on: April 11, 2024, 07:55:51 AM »
KIRSTENBOSCH NATIONAL BOTANICAL GARDEN
Cape Town, South Africa, August 2023.
Wild Gardenia, Gardenia thunbergia
In fruit

Gardenia thunbergia is mentioned in
MORE GARDENS OF THE CAPE
By Jan Flanigan
THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN 89 July 2017

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Gardenia thunbergia whose seed has to pass through the intestines of a rhinoceros in order to germinate

MGS member
Living in Korinthos, Greece.
No garden but two balconies, one facing south and the other north.
Most of my plants are succulents which need little care

Hilary

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Re: KIRSTENBOSCH NATIONAL BOTANIC GARDEN, CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA
« Reply #11 on: April 12, 2024, 06:33:07 AM »
KIRSTENBOSCH NATIONAL BOTANICAL GARDEN
Cape Town, South Africa.

A photo taken by my brother- in- law in the 1960’s of a general view of what I presume to be Kirstenbosch Botanic Garden.

Kirstenbosch is mentioned in
A VISIT TO SOUTH AFRICA. PART 2:
PRIVATE AND COMMUNITY GARDENS
By Valerie Whittington
THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 89 July 2017

For photographs see
http://www.mediterraneangardensocietyarchive.org/stellenbosch.html
MGS member
Living in Korinthos, Greece.
No garden but two balconies, one facing south and the other north.
Most of my plants are succulents which need little care

Hilary

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Re: KIRSTENBOSCH NATIONAL BOTANIC GARDEN, CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA
« Reply #12 on: April 13, 2024, 06:07:39 AM »
KIRSTENBOSCH NATIONAL BOTANICAL GARDEN
Cape Town, South Africa.

And finally, a photo of Protea taken by my brother- in- law in the 1960’s, presumably in the Kirstenbosch Botanic Garden.

Kirstenbosch and Protea are mentioned in
SPRING FLOWERS IN THE NIEUWOUDTVILLE by Anda Wayland
THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 21 July 2000

MGS member
Living in Korinthos, Greece.
No garden but two balconies, one facing south and the other north.
Most of my plants are succulents which need little care

Hilary

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Re: KIRSTENBOSCH NATIONAL BOTANIC GARDEN, CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA
« Reply #13 on: April 14, 2024, 07:44:37 AM »
KIRSTENBOSCH NATIONAL BOTANICAL GARDEN
Cape Town, South Africa.

Kirstenbosch is mentioned in
BUCHUS TO THE FUTURE by Tim Longville
THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 19 Winter 2000

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The drawings illustrating the article are reproduced from Kirstenbosch Horticultural Notes nos. 26 and 45 on Agathosma crenulate and Coleonema aspalathoides, with the generous permission of the National Botanical Institute of South Africa 

MGS member
Living in Korinthos, Greece.
No garden but two balconies, one facing south and the other north.
Most of my plants are succulents which need little care

Hilary

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Re: KIRSTENBOSCH NATIONAL BOTANIC GARDEN, CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA
« Reply #14 on: April 15, 2024, 05:54:07 AM »
KIRSTENBOSCH NATIONAL BOTANICAL GARDEN
Cape Town, South Africa.

Kirstenbosch is mentioned in
CREATING A WHITE GARDEN IN THE MEDITERRANEAN
by Duncan Ackery
THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 20 April 2000.
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And a bush of Cape Honeysuckle, Turrea obtrusively. This last plant has been somewhat unhappy and has not shown the marvellous summer display of flowers that one sees in Kirstenbosch 

Unfortunately, I have neither photo nor postage stamp depicting this plant.
 However, as I like to include a photo in each post, I am attaching a scan of a postage stamp depicting a white Protea,

Protea Mundii which might not have anything to do with the White Garden in the Mediterranean but probably grows in the Kirstenbosch Garden
MGS member
Living in Korinthos, Greece.
No garden but two balconies, one facing south and the other north.
Most of my plants are succulents which need little care