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The Dutch Gardens at the Company's Garden


The Company's Garden was first developed by the Dutch East India Company to provide fresh produce to passing ships and sailors.  It is South Africa's oldest garden and was founded more than 360 years ago.  

The Dutch Gardens at the Company's Garden is a working vegetable and herb garden and includes historical vegetables and fruit trees, herb varieties, an indigenous medicinal herb garden, an edible indigenous plant garden and a demonstration food garden.

The aim of this garden is to bring together the diverse communities of Cape Town to a historical and cultural shared public space.  Free training is provided to the public in the methods required to create food gardens.  The hope is that those who receive this training will be inspired to start their own food gardens, and that communities will develop such gardens in their nearby public open spaces.

Work completed includes:

  • Demolition of old stores and car park
  • Waterways and pond with lei water redistribution system
  • Cladded walls and seating
  • Pathways
  • Large pergola
  • Vegetable garden landscaping

Client: City of Cape Town