The peace you feel when you sit on the lawns and hear the distant laughter of children mixed with birds chirping. The back drop of the mountains and the city spread out before your feet, I wish I was Yeats so I could express the beauty better.
They say a picture says a 1000 words, so I invite you to enjoy this small sample of our beautiful garden. All these photos were taken by my very talented son Markwin (14)!
And of course there is always food.....
Professor Pearson came to South Africa in 1903 to fill the newly established Chair of Botany at the South African College. In February 1911 Pearson hired a Cape cart and, upon the suggestion of his friend Neville Pillans, visited Kirstenbosch to assess its suitability as a site for a botanic garden. On 1st July 1913 the wild and overgrown estate of Kirstenbosch was set aside by the Government with a grant of £1 000 per annum. Pearson was the obvious choice for a director but there was no money for a salary. He accepted the task in an honorary capacity.
In 1916, at the age of 46, Professor Pearson died from pneumonia. This was a severe blow to the garden. Buried in the garden his epitaph is -
"If ye seek his monument, look around".