In 2013 Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden celebrated its centenary. A lot of research went into unearthing some of the history of this popular Garden. Click on the links below for a look at the beginnings of Kirstenbosch in 1913 right through to the present day.
1910s – About the site and start of the garden.
1920s – First buildings and growing economic plants.
1930s – Depression years, bell tower, start of education programmes and silver jubilee.
1940s – Tough times post war, visitor numbers increase and Bot Soc offices built.
1950s – Changing of the guard, and changes to the road. Entry fee introduced.
1960s – Golden jubilee celebrated, new parking area and big earth dam built.
1970s – Battle to stop freeway, 10 year plan to improve garden in place.
1980s – Dam enlarged, tearoom burns down, Flora ’83 & ’88.
1990s – A decade of buildings, Sunday concerts & craft markets start.
2000s– NBI becomes SANBI, bad fire, but Garden makes a profit for first time.
2010s– Kirstenbosch today and centenary.