Kirstenbosch has a 100th birthday gift for you!
Take time out on Monday 1 July to join Kirstenbosch in celebrating “100 Blooming years” and enjoy FREE entry to the Garden that day.
To mark this milestone the South African Post Office has issued commemorative postage stamps depicting some of our floral heritage. These stamps, designed by Cape Town artist Tobie Beele, will be available from 1 July 2013. The plants depicted are the Krantz Aloe, Albany Cycad, White Gardenia, Silver Tree, Moore’s Crinum, Ninepin Heath, Welwitschia mirabilis, King Protea, Silver Restio and the Centenary Gold Strelitzia.
You are invited to “Come into our Garden” and share the celebrations and experience this icon that is today a world class destination.
With school holidays on the go this is the day to take the family and explore the Garden. Activities planned for the children will keep them occupied and you can choose from a variety of events. In the bookshop enjoy storytelling at 10am and meet “Vumile and the Dragon” with Claerwen Howie. A puppet show with “Cape for Kids’ at 11am will have the kids enthralled while you can purchase a signed book and enjoy a chat to Brian Huntley author of “Kirstenbosch – the most beautiful garden in Africa”. The spectacular new edition of the “Kirstenbosch Visitors Guide” will also be launched on the birthday, and will be on special for the month of July.
Activities in the Kirstenbosch Gift shop between 11am and 3pm give opportunities to enjoy demonstrations while spot prizes will be awarded throughout the whole day – join us for some birthday fun!
Take a short stroll to enjoy the delights of Moyo Kirstenbosch where their Happy 100 years biscuits add a sweet treat to all who visit. The Kirstenbosch Tea Room offers free Chocolate cupcakes with every meal –and vida e caffè is giving away a Mini tree in a vida cup to anyone who buys a mucho caffè with something to eat. What a prelude to a day of discovery!
In addition to the regular free guided walks at 10 am and 2pm every day, two special walks will take place on July 1: The Centennial Walk at 10am traces the history of the Garden and the vision of Henry Pearson while the Centenarian Walk at 2pm introduces the visitor to the ‘grand old ladies’ – the Kirstenbosch Centenarians. These are the Garden’s oldest and most distinguished residents, plants that were introduced during the first five years of the Garden’ existence ( 1913-1917) and are still there today.
Or if you simply want to enjoy the Garden, this is your opportunity. The many pathways will introduce you to our wonderful botanical heritage; visit the tranquil Dell at the ecological centre of the Garden or enjoy Colonel Bird’s bath – the old spring-fed Bath which was rehabilitated and is a popular destination for visitors. Follow Henry Pearson’s footsteps and view the Cycad Amphitheatre knowing that the vision he had over 100 years ago is today considered the most beautiful garden in Africa.
With all these events happening where else would you want to be on July 1 but celebrating with us at Kirstenbosch!
Kirstenbosch is open from 8am to 6pm
For more details: www.sanbi.org.za or the Kirstenbosch Info Desk: 021 799 8783.