Arum Chine was named in the memory of Mr Hilbert Werner (born in King Williams Town) and Mrs Myrtle Werner Hilbert was the first South African-born curator of the National Botanical Gardens at Kirstenbosch, Cape Town from 1948. He met his wife, Myrtle (nee Speke – relative of the great African explorer John Speke) and married her in 1945, in England where he did training at Kew Gardens after attending Stellenbosch University.
On retiring Hilbert and Myrtle returned to the Eastern Cape where they purchased a property called “Arum Chine” in the Berlin area.
This bed and breakfast was established in 1998 by their daughter and Son-in-Law Belinda and Denzil Flanagan.
MEANING OF ARUM CHINE
Arum is a flower.
Chine is a gorge in the old English Term