May 21, 2013
Kirstenbosch takes gold at the Chelsea Flower Show
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.