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Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden Wins 2015 International Garden of the Year Award

Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens

Kirstenbosch JournalKirstenboschKirstenboschKirstenbosch National Botanical Garden has been named the International Garden of the Year at the 2015 International Garden Tourism Awards, hosted in Toronto.

For more on this award-winning landmark read Kirstenbosch Journal by Daphne Mackie, Kirstenbosch: A visitor’s guide to South Africa’s famous botanical gardens by John Winter and Colin Paterson-Jones, and Kirstenbosch: The most beautiful garden in Africa by Brian J Huntley.

“Scooping the Garden of the Year Award has once more underlined the important role that Kirstenbosch plays in contributing to the country’s tourism figures and, having hit the one million visitors in a year in 2014, this award is a further boost for potential visitors,” SANBI writes on their website.

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It is well known that Kirstenbosch is high on the list of ‘must visit’ attractions for both local and international tourists and curator Philip le Roux was delighted to receive this news.

“We strive to offer visitors a unique experience at Kirstenbosch,” he said. “As the flagship garden of the South African National Biodiversity institute (SANBI) we are proud to be recognised at these prestigious awards. Our garden offers many unusual experiences and showcases the diverse Cape Floral kingdom in a very accessible way. The addition of the Centenary Tree Canopy Walkway has added to the attractions of the garden and, more recently, Minister of Tourism Derek Hanekom acknowledged that Kirstenbosch is one of the country’s most important tourist attractions.

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