Kirstenbosch wins Gold again and there is more ….


President of the RHS, Sir Nicholas Bacon, hands over the President’s Award to Dr. Tanya Abrahamse, the CEO of the South African National Biodiversity Institute, and our designers David Davidson and Raymon Hudson

Cape Town – South Africa has won gold yet again at the famous Chelsea Flower Show in London – but there is more.

SA also won the coveted President’s Award, which goes to the President’s favourite exhibit

at the show. The RHS Chelsea Flower Show opened in London on Tuesday 23 May, just a day after the world celebrated international Biodiversity Day, and we couldn’t be more proud.

This is the South African National Biodiversity Institute’s (SANBI) 35th gold medal – out of a 42-year legacy of participating in what is arguably the world’s most famous flower show.

Windows on Biodiverstiy

With its theme Windows on Biodiversity, the circular exhibit has a stunning backdrop of Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden and Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden – showcasing SA’s rich and varied voyage of discovery in natural beauty.

SANBI says on display are plants that represent 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.

“Our designers Raymond Hudson and David Davidson were overjoyed when they found the awards at our #RHSChelsea Flower Show exhibit this morning!” SANBI says.