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May 21, 2009

Kirstenbosch brings home gold from Chelsea


Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. Photo courtesy Derek Keats

The Kirstenbosch-South Africa exhibit was awarded its 30th gold medal at the Royal Horticultural Society Chelsea Flower Show in London on May 18, 2009.

It came as no surprise when Queen Elizabeth requested to see the South African stand when she visited the show on Monday.

David Davidson and Raymond Hudson, the South African design team, have won their 17th medal for the exhibition in 17 years.

Their design featured the plants found in four National Botanical Gardens in South Africa – Kirstenbosch (Cape Town), Lowveld (Nelspruit), Hantam (Niewoudtville) and Walter Sisulu (Roodepoort) – to highlight our country’s biodiversity.

Cape Town Tourism partly sponsored the exhibit, in tribute to the importance of biodiversity to tourism – and indeed to the survival of our planet.

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