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“Not much left of the garden due to poor maintenance”

Settlers Garden 1820
Ranked #13 of 22 things to do in Grahamstown
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Owner description: This garden is both historic and beautiful, occupying 61 hectares of Grahamstown's Gunfire Hill. It’s an exotic living tribute to Cape Colony’s first settlers.
Reviewed 2 March 2017

Due to poor maintenance and lack of respect for the monument, there is not much left of the garden but a lot of litter

Thank Maria E
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Reviewed 6 November 2016

Have been visiting family at least once a year and will visit the gardens and its been deteriorating over the years, "lack of maintenance" is biggest problem.

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Reviewed 25 June 2016

The monument to the Settler family stands isolated on a raised section of exposed ground, with a scattering of aloes,in their flame- coloured glory, alongside and a few wind-resistant, hardy succulents at its base. This tableau epitomises the story of the settler; hardships, determination, set-backs, survival!
Apart from the odd tufts of grass, there is precious little else which would survive in the harsh conditions on the hilltop, but what is an interesting addition to the "gardens", are the astronomical stones. I visited on the day of the winter solstice, but unfortunately the conditions were mainly overcast, so it wasn't possible to see the sun's shadow falling on the relevant stone. The stones are well inscribed and look solid enough to withstand possible attention by vandals.

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Reviewed 8 February 2016

If you are inclined to judge a book by its cover then you would not be blamed for driving on by this attraction off the N2 . The lawn hasn't been mowed for ages and the pathways are covered in weeds . A real sorry state of affairs .

It is only when you drive up the the main building can you see that people still care .

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Reviewed 13 January 2016

The gardens are very beautiful and there are a few interesting things to see within the gardens such as the astronomical stones. The gardens themselves have a variety of plants from cycads to aloes and proteas. There are several refuse bins along the pathways but we were sad to see quite a lot of litter strewn around. Fort Selwyn is also located in the gardens. There is a restaurant on the grounds but it was closed when we visited in the new year. The impressive statue of a settler family, which was scupltured by Ivan Mitford-Barberton, can be seen at the entrance to the monument. This sculptor is famous for other works such as the Jock of the Bushveld statue at Barberton.

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