May 21, 2013
Kirstenbosch takes gold at the Chelsea Flower Show
Stuart Buchanan is a journalist, blogger, and online writer for Flow Communications.
He grew up in Durban and has lived in various parts of South Africa and the UK, before finally settling on Cape Town. He often wonders why anyone would want to live anywhere else.
Today we can report that Kirstenbosch has won a gold medal for its amazing work. Congratulations to the team!
This prestigious event in London has been running for 100 years – and coincidentally, so has Kirstenbosch. This is the 33rd gold medal that South Africa has won at the Chelsea Flower Show.
A highlight this year is the inclusion of the "Centenarians" – the oldest plants at Kirstenbosch, some growing for 100 years or more. The ever-popular Protea family also provide a colourful display against the iconic Table Mountain backdrop.
A century ago the tract of land on which Kirstenbosch stands was a derelict farm, with roaming herds of pigs, thickets of weeds and many alien plants. Now it is one of the most beautiful gardens in the world, and a tourist drawcard. It also forms part of UNESCO's Cape Floral Kingdom.