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September 02, 2013

Kirstenbosch Chelsea Flower Show Exhibition Opens at Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront

It's blooming beautiful! The SANBI Kirstenbosch Chelsea Flower Exhbition is now open at the V&A Waterfront. Photo by Fazielah Williams







"It’s blooming beautiful!" - That was the overall sentiment of Cape Town’s media and tourism VIPS at the launch of the South African National Biodiversity (SANBI) Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens’  Chelsea Flower Show Exhibition at the V&A Waterfront on Friday 30 August, 2013.

The inspirational exhibition, which runs at the Mother City’s premier seaside shopping destination until Tuesday 24 September 2013, features the gold medal winning exhibition within the Clock Tower precinct.

A 33 time Chelsea gold winner, this year’s spectacular exhibit is themed 'Come into the Garden', and the achievement has particular poignant meaning as both Kirstenbosch and the Chelsea Flower Show celebrates their centenaries in 2013.

What can you expect from the exhibition? Quite simply, it is a snapshot of South Africa’s distinctive botanical heritage. Come and experience the beauty and tranquillity of being surrounded by the Dell and Cycad Amphitheatre on one side and the Protea Garden and mountain skyline on the other of the circular exhibition.

Celelbrating the launch of the Chelsea Flower Show exhibition are Alex Kabalin(  V&A Waterfront Executive Manager:  Retail);Annemie Liebenberg (V&A Waterfront Marketing Manager:  Tourism, Commercial & Visitor Services); Marthinus van Schalkwyk( South African Minister of Tourism);David Davidson (Chelsea Flower Show Exhibition designer) and Ray Hudson ( Chelsea Flower Show  Exhibition designer). Photo courtesy of V&A Waterfront

Other highlights include South Africa’s indigenous fynbos such as the protea and Mandela’s gold strelitizia,as well as the oldest plants in the garden (plants which were introduced from 1913 to when Kirstenbosch Gardens was established to 1917).

South Africa’s indigenous fynbos such as the protea are on display at the Chelsea Flower Show exhibition at the V&A Waterfront. Photo by Fazielah Williams

At the launch, South African Minister of Tourism, Marthinus van Schalkwyk encouraged all visitors to attend the exhibition. “To see the Kirstenbosch Garden’s Chelsea Flower Show exhibition, it’s just a Shot Left  at the V&A Waterfront .Come and see what our country can do!”

Judiet Barnes ( Cape Point Partnership), Annemie Liebenberg ( V&A Waterfront), Enver Duminy (Cape Town Tourism CEO) and Sarah Struys (Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens). Photo courtesy by Fazielah Williams

With the celebration of World Tourism Day on Friday 27 September 2013 on the horizon, Cape Town Tourism’s CEO Enver Duminy welcomes the exhibition to the Mother City’s shores: “Kirstenbosch is such a consistent winner at the Chelsea Flower Show Exhibition in London it’s easy to become complacent when hearing about their incredible achievement, so I encourage Capetonians to come and see it for themselves to understand just how deserving of attention it is. This year’s theme for World Tourism Day is water conservation and the exhibition really sums up the value of water in creating the unique plant kingdom that we are so fortunate to live in.”

The exhibition, a tribute by the V&A Waterfront to Kirstenbosch Gardens and the Chelsea Flower Show, is free to the public and is open daily from 09h00 to 18h00. For more information, please visit www.waterfront.co.za

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