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January 12, 2013

Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden: A paradise of plants and flowers in photos

The poet Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, "the Earth laughs in flowers". If this is true, then the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden must be one of the happiest places on Earth.

Brimming with indigenous fynbos and colourful blooms, the garden is a popular attraction for tourists and locals alike. It's a place to find peace, enjoy picnics and experience the occasional open-air concert. 

Pathways lead you on a stroll around the garden. Photo: Andrea Flavioni Photographer

Flowers dot the ground like colours on a painter's palette. Photo: tony4carr

Various sculptures adorn the garden. Photo: Randy OHC

Strelitzias, or "bird-of-paradise" flowers. Photo: matlacha

Kirstenbosch is particularly famous for its proteas. Photo: Derek Keats

Father and son sculpture. Photo: planetina

Bumblebee buzzing towards a purple bloom. Photo: Dietmar Temps

Look for tiny sunbirds in the flora. Photo: copepodo

Sculpture of a pregnant woman. Photo: Derek Keats

Sunlight peeks from behind a mountain. Photo: Arthur Chapman

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