And the winner is ... South Africa

2019-05-28 06:01
Chris Randlehoff from Leon Kluge Design, Lihle Dlamini South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) director of marketing and communications, Leon KLuge and Siphuxolo Ngqasa, marketing officer Kwa-Zulu Natal National Botanical Garden. PHOTOS: SVEN MUSICA

Chris Randlehoff from Leon Kluge Design, Lihle Dlamini South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) director of marketing and communications, Leon KLuge and Siphuxolo Ngqasa, marketing officer Kwa-Zulu Natal National Botanical Garden. PHOTOS: SVEN MUSICA

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After several months of hard work and shipping containers full of indigenous plants, flowers, hand-painted edgings and Ndebele hats from Africa to England for the annual Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Chelsea Flower Show, South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) Kirstenbosch brought home another gold.

The show held annually at the grounds of Royal Hospital Chelsea has been taking place for the past 44 years and this year it was from Tuesday 21 May to Saturday 25 May.

This is the 37th time that SANBI Kirstenbosch brought home gold from this highly anticipated event on the British calendar.

Despite some glitches and challenges that come with a show of this magnitude, the team managed to blow away the judges.

Leon Kluge, the designer behind Kirstenbosch’s 2019 exhibition titled Mountains of Abundance – created a contemporary hand-made three-metre high slate mountain, with one side depicting a silhouette of Table Mountain and the other of the Magaliesburg.

This year’s exhibit was indeed a show-stopper with its cutting edge design featuring a slate mountain, dotted with abstract waterfalls cascading from bright larger-than-life traditional Ndebele hats, and masses of proteas, arums, restios and fynbos arranged as they occur together on the wild slopes of some of South Africa’s mountains.

Kluge says they had a good start to the show even though their flowers arrived a bit late.

“We had some plants that did not survive the journey, delays occurring, but in the back of our minds, there are always a plan B and C. That is part of exhibiting at shows. Adapting the design constantly to accommodate glitches we find,” he says.

According to Kluge, who also designed last year’s gold medal-winning display, each plant featured in the exhibit has a story to tell and showcases the phenomenal spectrum of South Africa’s flowers to the world. “In addition to restios and fynbos, we have King Proteas in all the different colours this year – something I am was very excited about. There were also rarer kinds of proteas included – such as a small species that lie on the sand and gets pollinated by mice. All the plants have come together to produce a magical showcase of only a fraction of South Africa’s biodiversity.

“The pressure is always on to produce an exhibit that will surpass the previous years. Thankfully, we managed to do exactly that and are extremely proud to be bringing home another gold medal! Special thanks go to everyone involved in the creation of this year’s Kirstenbosch Chelsea Flower Show Exhibit – we have an amazing team.

“It is a lot of hard work but the atmosphere at the Chelsea Flower Show is always wonderful – from fellow exhibitors and the public attending the show,” says Kluge.

SANBI Board chairman Beryl Ferguson says: “I thought that last year’s exhibit was magnificent, but 2019’s design has taken things to a new level. Seeing Leon’s designs come to life has been so exciting and in reality, the exhibit is even more impressive and representative of South Africa’s rich natural heritage.”

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