Green and Purple, Emmerentia Dam, Johannesburg

Green and Purple, originally uploaded by finepixtrix.

Emmerentia Dam in Johannesburg, and the park in which it is located, covers an area of over 100 hectares. The Johannesburg Botanical Gardens are located in the grounds of this park. Established by Frans and Louw Geldenhuys, the gardens date back to 1886.

After the South African War, Louw contracted landless Boers to build the dam, which he named after his wife, Emmerentia.. Today the park hosts 20 000 indigenous trees and several alien species, too.

A variety of water birds and fowl also call the dam home, sharing the water with canoeists, kayak paddlers, and small sailing boats. Emmerentia dam is also a popular location for wedding photographers, picnickers, and dog owners.

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