Originally established by Jan van Riebeeck as a vegetable garden to provide fresh produce for South Africa's first European settlers in the 1650s, the Company's Garden is now a lovely large public park and botanical garden situated in central Cape Town in the Western Cape Province of South Africa.
The garden's marvellous variety of beautiful and vibrant flora has been enjoyed immensely by visitors from near and far since it was first proclaimed for public use in 1848. Among the many highlights of the park are the oldest cultivated pear tree in the country (planted in 1652), a resplendent rose garden (built in 1929), a delightful pond teeming with fish, the Dellville Wood Memorial Garden (commemorating the Battle of Delville Wood in France during World War 1), a lovely aviary, a Japanese garden, loads of historically and botanically valuable trees, splendid lawns, herb and succulent gardens, and many historic statues.
Lunch time on any given day is a particularly popular time at the Company's Garden, with many locals and tourists breathing in the fresh air, gazing at the majestic Table Mountain view, marvelling at the resident squirrels, lazing on the lawns, wandering the tree-lined pathways, or enjoying a meal or afternoon cup of tea at the Garden Tea Room restaurant.
Another fascinating feature of the Company's Garden is its many beautiful historical buildings in and around the park, such as the Houses of Parliament, Tuynhuys (the South African President's official Cape Town residence), the original lodge house for the slaves who built large parts of the Mother City, the Iziko South African Museum and Planetarium, St George's Cathedral (the seat of the Anglican church in South Africa), the National Library of South Africa, the Iziko South African National Gallery, and the Great Synagogue and Holocaust Centre.
The Company's Garden is an ardent supporter of the arts in Cape Town. Besides the fantastic art gallery located in the grounds, the park also hosts a number of festivals and a permanent craft market at which local artists and crafters can sell their creations directly to the public.
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