South Africa in Bloom – 42 years at the Chelsea Flower Show

In the 42 years that SANBI-Kirstenbosch has been exhibiting – and winning medals – at the Chelsea Flower Show, the range of flora that has been showcased is a testament to the incredible floral wealth of our country.

With its theme Windows on Biodiversity, our circular exhibit with its stunning backdrop of Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden and Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden is a rich and varied voyage of discovery.

On display are plants from all ten of South Africa’s National Botanical Gardens: Free State, Hantam, Harold Porter, Karoo Desert, Kirstenbosch, Kwelera, Lowveld, KwaZulu-Natal, Pretoria and Walter Sisulu.

“The richness of our biodiversity is one of South Africa’s greatest natural assets,” said Dr Tanya Abrahamse, SANBI CEO.

“South Africa is home to nearly 10% of the world’s plants and contains three regions that have been declared global biodiversity hotspots, so it is fitting that we celebrate this heritage this year at Chelsea.”

Designed by the award-winning team David Davidson and Raymond Hudson, the exhibit will provide a glimpse of all nine of South Africa’s biomes to the over 150 000 people who are expected to visit the Chelsea Flower Show.

As always, the success of the stand depends on the enthusiastic team of volunteers who join the designers and SANBI representatives in ensuring that our display is perfect in every way.

This year the SANBI team will include Lihle Dlamini, Lufuno Nenungwi, Mashudu Nndanduleni and Felicity Poole

New team keeps Kirstenbosch blooming


The exhibit for the 2018 Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Chelsea Flower Show is on display at the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden. ?The RHS Chelsea Flower Show will take place in London this month. Picture: David Ritchie/African News Agency (ANA)

The end of an era was celebrated at the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, as its multiple award-winning design team of David Davidson and Ray Hudson handed over the baton to a new team of creatives.The duo had an unprecedented 24-year run creating the annual Kirstenbosch-South Africa exhibit at the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Chelsea Flower Show.

Leon Kluge and his incoming team will exhibit their design at the flower show this month.