Recently, a few of us creatives visited the Durban Botanical Gardens. It was a beautiful day and we had a hugely satisfying time snapping away at the photogenic surroundings. What a privilege to visit this haven with like-minded Durbanites.
These large significant gardens have a rich history. They were developed in 1849 as a station for growing trial agricultural crops and are the oldest surviving Botanical Gardens in Africa.
The plant life is breath-taking, and so many of the other elements of this, Durban’s well-run and oldest public institution are intriguing.
Here is some of what I saw:
This bright banana petal seems to be pointing the way…
A large round pond in the centre was ablaze with lumo polka-dot green leaves and gentle spiky pink water-lilies
This tender installation is a special artwork by Nicci Fourie featuring metal cut-out children holding hands. They are walking in a spiral line, representing a cochlea and illustrating the fact that children must be heard.
The Orchid House is an exotic oasis brim full of bright green tropical foliage and colourful blooms
We finished the day off at the well-supported tea garden. The simple nostalgic tea and eats were served quickly and heartily. If you are close to Durban, and it’s been a while since you’ve visited the Botanical Gardens, this weekend may be a good time to go back and enjoy some deep soul restoration.