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Arderne Gardens - 20 May 2014

Need a breath of fresh air?  Need to reconnect with your soul?  Take a trip to the famous historical Arderne Gardens which were established in 1845 by Ralph Henry Arderne, a successful timber merchant originally from Cheshire, England, who acquired the land in Claremont where he built his home known as the Hill.

He collected plants from all over the world and in time, the garden became famous.  Development of the garden was continued by his son, Henry Mathew Arderne into the early part of the 20th century until Henry died in 1914.   

Arderne Gardens were declared a National Monument and today the Gardens are open to the public and cared for by Friends of the Arderne Gardens.  www.ardernegardens.org.za/p/fotag.html

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A few happy Members before the tour


It is a very photogenic spot, and many pic's were taken during the morning.  Those included here were submitted by Judy and Mike.
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Our tour guide, Des Lazar, looking a little thoughtful!  He was very knowledgeable about the history and the trees particularly in the Garden, and was delighted that we had taken the time to visit.

Trees
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Moreton Bay Fig






Cycad
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Possibly the tallest Aleppo Pine anywhere in the world !
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The tranquil Japanese style garden
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A seed pod of the magnificent Magnolia

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Bamboo
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Wildlife – a beautiful Orb spider

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Autumn colours




Barbara and Des in discussion


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