Kirstenbosch wins gold at Flower Show

2013-05-21 11:26
The Kirstenbosch team at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

The Kirstenbosch team at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. (Scarlet Girl 911 (

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Cape Town - South Africa has taken gold yet again at this year's Royal Horticultural Society's Chelsea Flower Show in London.

iAfrica reports that South Africa's stand at the Chelsea Flower Show celebrates "100 Blooming Years" of Kirstenbosch and involves a sensory walk where visitors could experience the tranquility of our country's most famous conservation garden. 

The exhibit shows the oldest plants in the garden - those that were introduced during the first five years of its establishment, between 1913 and 1917, and are still growing there today. 

Not all of the specimens are 100 years old. Some are cuttings, offsets or seedlings of the original plants and have been propagated and grown at Kirstenbosch over the past I00 years. Centenarians include: Gardenia thunbergia, Oldenburgia grandis, and Aloe plicatilis. 

There will also be a strong focus on Fynbos, featuring a variety of Proteas and Mandela's Gold Strelitzia. Plants are sourced all over the country before being air freighted to London, thus supporting local farmers.

The circular, walk-through exhibit features the Dell and Cycad Amphitheatre on one side, and the Protea Garden and mountain skyline on the other.

Kirstenbosch has won 33 gold medals and, give silver and, in 2006, walked away with the Lawrence Medal for the Best Exhibit. They were also the first recipient of the new President's Most Creative Award in 2008.

The Chelsea Flower Show display plays a huge role in South Africa's overseas tourism drive.

It will be recreated at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town from 31 August until 24 September and will also be displayed at Garden World in Johannesburg as part of their annual Spring Festival, which opens on 25 July.

Read more about the "100 Blooming Years" exhibit on the Sanbi wesbite.
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