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This guide to South Africa's world-renowned botanic garden traces the establishment and development of Kirstenbosch, from its inception in 1913, through the difficult years of creating a garden from the forested and overgrown mountainside, to the triumph that Kirstenbosch represents today. Tribute is paid to those who have made significant contributions to its development; and prominent features of the garden are detailed, such as the protea, erica and restio gardens, the Dell, the Conservatory, Camphor Avenue, as well as floral highlights of the four seasons.
More than 100 photographs portray the extraordinary beauty of the garden, both its setting against the backdrop of Table Mountain and the diverse and often spectacular flora that is indigenous to the area. Layout maps show special features, significant buildings and activity venues, as well as walks or climbs that can be undertaken from the garden.
John Winter joined Kirstenbosch as assistant curator in 1967 and went on to become curator, a post he held for some 20 years. Before retiring, he served as deputy director of Gardens with the NBI, but his involvement with Kirstenbosch continues on a voluntary basis, his focus being cycads and clivias.
Colin Paterson-Jones is a well-known professional photographer and natural history writer. He has been the sole photographer on a number of publications, and has also written and illustrated several books, including Beautiful Wild Flowers and The Cape Floral Kingdom.