Congratulations to Leon Kluge and his team – you have done South Africa proud once again!
Leon Kluge: the new designer of the Kirstenbosch-South Africa Chelsea flower Show exhibit
From an early age, Leon Kluge has nurtured a great affinity for plants; his grandfather was the curator of the Betty’s Bay Botanical Garden and his father was the curator of the Lowveld National Botanical Garden, while his mother owns and runs a renowned wholesale nursery in Nelspruit.
On completing his Degree in landscape technology in 2002 he worked on the main display garden at Marvadesh Givatt Brenner Nursery in Israel. From there he progressed to become the head landscape designer for Societe Nel Import and Export Company in Mayotte, Comores Islands. After his return from the Comores, Leon started the award-winning Fever Tree Nursery in Nelspruit.
Leon, now based in Cape Town, shines in the competitive arena. His love of utilizing unusual plants in his designs led to his inclusion in the South African team that worked their magic at the Royal Horticultural Society Chelsea flower show in London. He also worked as the main designer for the COP 17 Legacy Garden on the main display in the Durban Botanical Gardens in 2011.
Leon has been involved in the international show gardening arena for the last 12 years and has been invited to showcase his work at most of the world’s most prestigious flower shows.
A great moment for Leon was when he won the Gardening world cup for Africa at the Gardening World Cup in Nagasaki, Japan 2014.
Leon also went on to be the first designer from Africa to win gold ,the ‘best on show’ and the governors design award at the world’s biggest and oldest flower show, ‘The Philadelphia flower show’ in the USA, where he was invited to design a garden for Disney.
He also won the Gold award and Best lighting award at the Singapore garden festival.
Gold award and best design at the New Zealand international flower show.
Leon has installed many permanent gardens and floral installations throughout the world and his work can be seen in the Sacheon Botanical Gardens in South-Korea, Chaumont in France, and in Eden, Sydney Australia.
His designs have been published in various coffee table books by BRAUN publishing company.
Leon’s floral and garden designs reflect his absolute passion, knowledge and love of plants and pushes garden design boundaries to the limit when it comes to showcasing plants.