Cape Town is internationally known as a biodiversity hotspot with many species occurring nowhere else in the world. The Biodiversity Garden in Green Point, Cape Town was built around the World Cup Stadium in time for the Soccer World Cup (2010). I took my sister (the one visiting from Australia) to this Showcase Garden last week where we learnt about all the elements making up biodiversity through a series of themed gardens. Instead of learning by being bombarded with wordy information boards,  the design of these gardens incorporates appropriate planting schemes and visual displays that highlight the different elements of biodiversity through a combination of interpretive signage and public art which has been provided by local artists.

Enjoy with us as we took the various “trails” through the garden.

The most amazing wire works

The art was all over the gardens

The indigenous grasses were spectacular

The city lies behind this tranquil place

The world cup stadium in the background

Play park for the older children

Best mind the signs!

Bushman element also portrayed

Trails lead you to endless vegetation

My favourite Chasmanthe is a sunbird magnet

Can you see the dragonflies?

The threat to biodiversity through art

The Biodiversity Showcase Garden in the Park is at once educational and entertaining. The Garden will showcase a variety of indigenous plants that display the region’s unique biodiversity, as well as demonstrate environmentally responsible gardening and horticultural techniques.

To learn more about this splendid Biodiversity Garden – click here, and if you need a place to stay when in the Cape visit Cape-Venues Accommodation in Cape Town.

The entrance is free, and in summer the garden is open from 7am to 7pm.

Hope this inspiring garden gets your garden gloves out and your gum boots on! Happy Gardening xxxx