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The Hesperides (or "African Sisters') of Greek mythology are nymphs who live in a beautiful garden, said to be situated either in the Arcadian Mountains of Greece or, near the western extremes of the Mediterranean, near Mount Atlas.

In this garden grows the tree with the golden apples, which Gaia had given as a wedding present to Hera, after she married Zeus. This garden and the tree are guarded by Ladon, a dragon with a hundred heads. as the eleventh of his twelve labours, Hercules managed to steal some of the apples, by tricking Atlas into picking them for him.

The Hesperides are named as Aegle, Arethusa, Erytheia and Hesperia.[1]