Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden in Cape Town
Kirstenbosch is a world famous botanical garden, which displays the beauty and diversity of the Cape flora. The garden is splendidly set against the backdrop of the eastern slopes of Table Mountain. Cecil Rhodes bought the estate in 1895, and left it to the people at his death in 1902. In 1911 Prof. Pearson of the South African College elected to start a botanical garden on the estate, and work began in 1913. At various stages there have been somewhat different mission statements. The present one is "To promote the sustainable use, conservation, appreciation and enjoyment of the exceptionally rich plant life of South Africa, for the benefit of all its people."