The biggest garden event in the world, and South Africa's got the best to
represent its beautiful biodiversity on the global stage.
On Wednesday, 3 April 2019, Kirstenbosch and the South African National
Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) unveiled their stunning design for this
year's Royal Horticultural Society Chelsea Flower Show in London, themed
¡§Mountains of Abundance¡¨.
Inspired by the proteas that flourish on Table Mountain and Magaliesberg,
the concept was dreamt up by the foremost garden designer in Africa, Leon
Kluge, who won South Africa a gold at last year's show for the 36th time. He
took over from Raymond Hudson and David Davidson, who passed away last year,
who was in charge of the design from 1994 to 2017.
"Abstract waterfalls and streams will be created with bright traditional
Ndebele hats against slate mountains. Around this mountainous theme, various
species of proteas, aloes, disas, restios and fynbos will be arranged as
they occur together on the wild slopes of our mountains," explains Kluge.
About one tonne of flowers for the display will hail from South Africa's
botanical gardens, with Kirstenbosch taking the lead, and local growers like
Bartinney farm in Banhoek Valley, who will be sponsoring the proteas and
Some of the big challenges for Kluge and his team are making sure the plants
stay in shape throughout the transport and the week of the show, as well as
obtaining plant export permits, which needs a team by itself.
But it's not just about the plants' biology - it's also about the stories
that come with each plant. One such story is about how protea got its name.
It was actually named after the Greek god Proteus, a sea god known for his
changing nature, because a protea is very different in the various places it
These and other stories will be on display for the world at the Chelsea
show, which has been held annually at the Royal Hospital in London since
1912 and will take place this year from 21 to 25 May.
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