From Private Estate to Public Gardens
The beautiful garden finds its origins in the estate bought by Ralph Henry Arderne, an English timber merchant in 1845 when he chose to build a home for himself in Cape Town. He traded for exotic seedlings from the many ships that stopped by at the harbour and soon the private garden gained acclaim among the townsfolk as an ideal place for a stroll or just to enjoy natural beauty. In 1928, A. W. van den Houten gave the gardens a fresh lease of life and installed typical features of an English Garden like pretty rose gardens, leafy arbors and ornate pergolas.
Finest Collection of Exotic Trees
Arderne Gardens prides itself on being home to as many as 300 different species of exotic trees from around the globe. These include a Morton Bay Fig, a Cork Oak, a magnificent Aleppo Pine and a Queensland Kauri. Besides these great trees, the Gardens also have a fish pond, charming bridges that arch over idyllic duck ponds and plenty of natural beauty that make it a favoured spot for nature lovers.