Company's Garden

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Company Gardens
Type Botanical
Location Cape Town, South Africa
Coordinates 33°55′39″S 18°25′00″E / 33.927408°S 18.416675°E / -33.927408; 18.416675Coordinates: 33°55′39″S 18°25′00″E / 33.927408°S 18.416675°E / -33.927408; 18.416675
Operated by City of Cape Town
Walking in the Company Gardens
A well fed squirrel in Company Gardens

The Company's Garden is a park and heritage site[1] 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.[2] It is watered from the Molteno Dam, which uses water from the springs on the lower slopes of Table Mountain. [3]

Highlights in the park include:

  • 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 1 Battle of Delville Wood in France, in which a predominantly SA force of more than 3 000 soldiers was reduced to 755 survivors by German forces
  • An aviary
  • Restaurant - the Garden Tea Room
  • Botanically and historically valuable trees
  • Local arts and crafts along the avenue
  • Lawns and benches
  • A herb and succulent garden
  • Historic statues

The Iziko South African Museum, Iziko National Gallery and National Library of South Africa are in the garden.

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The Company's Gardens hosts the annual Cape Town Festival.[6]

Cape Peninsula University of Technology usually has the annual walking/city tour that concludes at the Garden.

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