After our visit to the new Kirstenbosch canopy walkway we popped in to the Kirstenbosch Conservatory – a favourite part of this magnificent botanical garden.
The Kirstenbosch Conservatory is a desert house that displays the succulent treasures of southern Africa. It consists of a central area and four corner ‘houses’. Each bed represents an ecological region or biome of southern Africa and contains the rocks and soil found in that region. The four corner houses display ferns, bulbs, welwitschias and stone plants.
Visitors are always fascinated to see some of the strange and wonderful plants displayed there. It’s not to be missed on any visit to the Gardens and we advise you to take your time to examine all the plants. From strange plants that look like stones to others with names such as ‘botterboom (butter tree), ‘tonteldoosbos‘ (tinderbox bush), ‘spekboom‘ (bacon tree) and ‘quiver tree’ – the deserts are richer than one would imagine and this is where you can see just how diverse the different regions are. Click here to see more information on the individual biomes represented and to take a tour of the conservatory.
When you leave the conservatory stop to look at the marvellous bonsai trees displayed outside, then pop in to the shop, but be warned: you’ll be tempted by all the lovely goodies for sale, especially the books.