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Explore Gauteng’s Glorious Green Spaces on Garden Day

Garden Day is the perfect time to share your love of plants and gardens and in the age of Instagram and selfies, an opportunity to share beautiful snapshots. If you don’t have your own garden or green space, we are here to remind you that our beautiful country has no shortage of lush, enchanting public gardens for you to enjoy.

To make it easier for you to take that awe-inspiring pic, Candide – the free gardening app that supports Garden Day – has put together a list of some of the most Instagrammable green spaces and gardens in Gauteng. So get a few friends and a picnic together, pop on a flower crown, grab your phone and capture that perfect moment in these glorious green spaces on Sunday 17 October.

Nirox Sculpture Park (Gauteng)

Selfie Spots: Stirling swing and sitting sculpture

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Go for a swing in a hanging Studio Stirling chair or strike a pose with the sitting man, sculptor Angus Taylor’s famous 5m-high sculpture, Morphic Resonance. The Nirox Sculpture Park can be found in the Cradle of Humankind, a World Heritage Site 45 minutes outside of Joburg. The 15-hectare park is a dream to explore with its cultivated landscape, waterways and magnificent sculptures. Pack a picnic and stay for the day.

R540 Kromdraai Rd, Kromdraai, Krugersdorp

www.niroxarts.com

Delta Park (Gauteng)

Selfie Spot: Curtains of cosmos

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One of Jozi’s largest parks, this green space, which borders the suburbs of Blairgowrie, Craighall Park, Victory Park and Linden, is cosmos heaven. The wildflowers are native to the Americas, but apparently reached our shores during the Anglo Boer War. While the cosmos tends to explode in March and April, the 108 hectares of grassland and woodland is picture perfect all year round.

77 Craighall Rd, Victory Park, Randburg

www.jhbcityparksandzoo.com/services-facilities/parks/find-a-park/delta-park

The Wilds (Gauteng)

Selfie Spot: Animal Sculptures

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The animal sculptures in The Wilds in Houghton, Jozi, have attracted a whole new audience to the wild, but wonderful green space. You can’t help but be drawn towards the trees, where the owl sculptures are suspended, painted in bright colours to stand out from the dark forest canopy. There are about 100 sculptures in total from the famous 5m-tall pink and yellow giraffe to monkeys, a pangolin, ostriches, the red kudu family, klipspringers and duikers.

Houghton Dr, Houghton Estate, Johannesburg

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The Urban Garden Sanctuary at Victoria Yards

Selfie Spot: Urban avante garde yard

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An urban complex in the heart of Johannesburg, Victoria Yards has become a haven for creatives with an emphasis on skill sharing and community empowerment. Urban agriculture is one of the many elements of this hub – the buildings are interconnected with spaces that are filled with vegetables and fruit trees, which are cultivated to sell. We love sharing this fresh take on inner-city development on film.

16 Viljoen St, Lorentzville, Johannesburg

www.victoriayards.co.za

Walter Sisulu Botanical Garden (Gauteng)

Selfie Spot:  Witpoortjie Falls

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The Witpoortjie Falls in the middle of the gardens has been a favourite picnic spot for as long as anyone remembers and as with all Instagram-worthy places, it continues to be the main attraction for visitors. The Falls supposedly got their name from the fact that people traveling from Johannesburg by train used to disembark at Witpoortjie Station and walk down to the falls. Here you might spot the breeding pair of Verreaux Eagles who have called the cliffs their home for over 30 years. Walk or hike the area or drop a blanket and simply soak up the sunshine.

Malcolm Rd, Poortview, Roodepoort

www.sanbi.org/gardens/walter-sisulu

A visit to any of these locations will be sure to make your Garden Day celebration extra special.  Don’t forget to follow us @GardenDaySA and tag your pics with #GardenDaySA. 

If you’re not based in Gauteng, Candide has a wealth of information on gardens and green inspired destinations to visit around South Africa.  If you don’t already have Candide, download it from the Apple App  and Google Play Stores.

We can’t wait to see your snaps!