In the article below, journalist Lucille Davie traces some of the history of Joburg's urban forests and identifies some of the earliest known trees in the city. The piece was first published on the City of Joburg's website on 21 August 2003. Click here to view more of Davie's work.
In 2020 Arderne Gardens turned 175. This wonderful, 4.5 hectare arboretum in Claremont, Cape Town, is filled with trees of great girth and height, together with plants from all over the world, some over 100 years old. For many decades wedding parties have posed for photographs under the great Moreton Bay Fig with its enormous surface root system spreading in all directions like a nest of huge Boa Constrictors. This mighty tree is known throughout Cape Town as The Wedding Tree. The Gardens are a picnickers’ paradise.