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The Best Gardens to Visit in Johannesburg

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From public parks to private grounds and open gardens, Joburg Tourism shares some of the best gardens to visit in Johannesburg.

What better way to celebrate the season than by getting outside into the open air and admiring summers most abundant blooms? While the month of September is synonymous with spring blossoms and the return of warmer months, at 1753m above sea-level spring can often see Jozi still a little chilly for summer celebrations. It’s actually mid to late October that signs of summer come to life following the first few rains of the season.

Whether it be in pursuit of lush green lawns or the jewel like jacaranda’s, Johannesburg is abloom with an abundance of fauna and flora to admire as the season turns us to the outdoors.

To follow, Joburg Tourism highlights some of our favourite gardens to visit as they transform from brown and bare to glorious shades of green awash flashes of colour, fragrance and that typical Jozi flair!


Johannesburg Botanical Gardens

Established in 1964 grown out of what was once a large rose garden curated by Patric Chambers, the Johannesburg Botanical Gardens is now home to some 10,000 roses shaped amidst several sloping terraces.

Located in Emmarentia under the watchful care and administration of the Johannesburg City Parks, the Johanensburg Botanical Gardens is also host to a Shakespeare garden, a hedge garden, a succulent arrangement and arboretum, a herb garden with their glorious water fountain feature at the lower end of the rose garden and of course the Emmarentia Dam just to the east of the gardens. Open to the public Monday through Sunday from 6am to 6pm.


The Wilds

Tucked away in the leafy suburb of Houghton, The Wilds Municipal Nature Reserve spans across 16Ha of indigenous inner city beauty. Offering exquisite view of Johannesburg from both sides of Houghton drive, the conservation area is open to the public all year round offering rambling pathways through hillside meanders set against the backdrop of Jozi’s urban jungle.


The Siyakhana Food Garden

Although not necessarily a flower garden (depending on when you visit) but of equal magnificence, this small scale farming community offers the ideal setting to pick up fresh organic veggies and other produce while contributing to the city’s sustainable social entrepreneurship. The Siyakhana Food Garden serves as a platform for the public to not only access a wide variety of organic and nutritious fresh produce, but to support ongoing training and development, empowering emerging leaders in the area of food gardens and sustainable livelihoods as well as financial sustainability through a self-funding social entrepreneurship model. Open for public visits, contact Director and Founder Prof. Michael Rudolph at michael@siyakhana.org or call Farm Manager Thabang Makoloi +27 60 344 7184.


The Rietfontein Nature Reserve

Hidden in the tiny Joburg suburb of Paulshof the Rietfontein Nature Reserve offers a 24Ha bushveld landscape, child friendly hiking trails as well as gorgeous picnic areas located along a rocky quartzite ridge that forms part of a green belt running up to Kyalami. Open for day visits between 6am and 6pm, the reserve can be accessed via the main entrance at 138 Holkam Road.