Kirstenbosch brings Gold medal back again from London!

Come into the Garden at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town

Western Cape, South Africa

At the famous international Chelsea Flower Show which is held at the Royal Botanic Garden in Kew, London, every year, the “Come into the Garden” exhibition created by the team of Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens in Cape Town has yet one another medal.

This exact floral display has been recreated and is open for public viewing until 24 September 2013 at the Clock Tower which is situated at the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront in Cape Town, South Africa. The exhibition is open daily from 9am to 6pm and entry is free.

Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens

Cape Town’s well known Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden has, thus far, won 33 golf medals at London’s Chelsea Flower Show.  This years participation was most special as both the Chelsea Flower Show as well as Kirstenbosch both celebrated their centenaries.

David Davidson who is actively involved in this exhibition mentioned that this year’s aim was to create a sensory experience: “We had to try and create a sense of beauty and diversity of being in the garden as a visitor and provide a sensory experience, and it definitely worked. The feedback at the show from people who had been here said, ‘This is exactly how I remember it, this is precisely what it felt like.’ Or better still, they would say, ‘If this is really how beautiful it is, we definitely coming to visit, and this is what we want to hear.”

In this extraordinary exhibition, the wonderful diversity, uniqueness and vitality of a walk through the Kirstenbosch Gardens are really captured.  Mr Davidson continued to  explain how they consistently manage to achieve gold: “I think its the flowers and the plants themselves really… We’ve been responsible for designing them for 20 years, trying to put together the ingredients for a successful show, with a view to promoting South Africa as a desirable tourist destination – that’s really why we do it. We always try and evoke something exciting about the South African experience.”

Protea Kirtenbosch

Floral Chelsea Garden Show Display 2013 by Kirstenbosch

The circular walk through the colourful exhibit features the Dell and Cycad Amphitheatre on the one side and the Protea Garden with the mountain skyline on the other. A strong focus can also be seen on South Africa’s indigenous fynbos such as the protea and Mandela’s gold strelitizia. This year’s
exhibition also showcased the oldest plants of this magnificent Botanical Garden, namely plants which were introduced from 1913, when the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens was established in 1917.

“I think my favourite part is probably visualising the idea; actually trying to realise it can be problematic, because for one thing it is a difficult time of the year. We’re going to the most prestigious Spring flower show in the world… and we’re coming along at the end of Autumn, in the threshold of Winter with very little to offer in the way of flora. If it were in September, we would blow them away with the spectacular Spring flowers, but we are still able to compete and outperform most of the other exhibitors, because of the beauty and diversity of what we display,” explains Davidson.


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