Kirstenbosch: 100 years, then and now 2013 calendar which was compiled and designed by Alice Notten, Interpretive Officer at Kirstenbosch, for the Botanical Society and SANBI. January looks at the Kirstenbosch Koppie which was laid out and planted in 1915 and was originally called the Aloe Koppie. The "now" photo shows the Koppie as it is today - the photo taken in midsummer and so rich and textural you can almost smell the aromatic pelargoniums and buchus.
Not many aloes to be found there now as they just didn't like that position, and were moved to the Mathews Rockery after it was built in the 1920s. Today, the stone paths and rockeries remain essentially unchanged, and the Koppie is home to the Pelargonium Garden. The sun shelter was built during the most recent re-planting of the Koppie in 2008. The Arboretum in the background looks densely forested and cool - with the lower part of The Dell in the centre.