The gardens were established in 1968 and cover an area of around . It is administered by Johannesburg City Parks.
The Emmarentia Dam is located within the ground of the gardens.
One of the main attractions is the Rose Garden with over 10 000 roses.
The garden is organized by theme and purpose of use and consists of
A monument commemorating the 300the anniversary of the Hugenots in South Africa is located at the top of the rose garden.