South Africa wins top prizes at Chelsea Flower Show

South Africa stole the show in this year’s edition RHS Chelsea Flower Show when she not only won a gold medal with perfect scores from the judges, but was awarded “The best exhibition in the Pavilion” just like him “Best new design” award on Tuesday.

This is unprecedented for South Africa at the Chelsea Flower Show.

As reported by The South African website, this year’s Chelsea Flower Show is sponsored by The Newt in Somerset, an estate owned by the South African billionaire. Koos Bekker and his wife karen roos.

RHS President Keith Weed CBE presented the awards to the Chief Designer Leon Kluge and his team on the opening day of the show.

The show will run until Saturday, May 25.

Described as one of the most notable displays ever within the Grand Pavilion, this year’s design was inspired by the windswept slopes of the Cape Mountains.

Kluge and artist Tristan Woudberg led a group of volunteers to create this year’s multi-award display which included large clay sculptures that formed the backdrop for a dazzling display of fynbos cut flowers.

South Africa’s 38th gold medal

This is Leon Kluge’s third Gold medal at the Chelsea Flower Show after having won the top prize in 2018 and 2019 for South Africa.

He is from South Africa 38 gold medal in its illustrious history at the Chelsea Flower Show dating back to 1976.

It is the first time in history that South Africa has won the “Best New Design” and “Best of the Grand Pavilion” awards.

A multitude of species were featured at the exhibition, from the high-altitude fynbos to the bulbous strandveld that hugs the coastline.

The exhibition celebrates the beauty and importance of one of the most biodiverse regions in the world.

An unprecedented 22,000 Stems were used in the display to create a proudly South African fynbos explosion.

This year a special effort was made to include rarely seen hybrids such as the fan favorite Protea “Snow Leopard”, as well as rarely seen species such as the pendulous Protea sulphurea and the delicate blushing brides (Serruria florida).

Using natural clay to form the sculpture, artist Tristan Woudberg explains: “Large panels weave throughout the exhibit creating an earthy backdrop for our vibrant flora to take center stage.

“The sculptures take on the role of mountain ranges, dividing and isolating the different Cape biomes that have given rise to our unique flora over time.

“The natural cracking effect provided by the clay is a reminder of the contrast of the wet and dry seasons of the fynbos biome, as well as the fragility of these ecosystems.

“The negative spaces in these rock sheets act as windows, creating new views to explore as one moves through the exhibit.”

Four-year hiatus at Chelsea Flower Show

After a four-year hiatus and the sponsor of three decades (1989 – 2019) withdrawing its support, a private sector-led team stepped forward to ensure South Africa’s flora was once again represented at the major flower show of the world.

The team headed by Kluge, an acclaimed gardener and landscaper with numerous international flower show awards to his name, along with Keith Kirstenconservationist Michael Lutzeyer and Marinda Nel They united to achieve the return of South Africa.

A transformative contribution from the Rupert Nature Foundation and Grootbos Private Nature Reserve, along with numerous contributions from the private sector, provided the financial support needed to create the exhibition in London.

The contributions of Michael Lutzeyer and the Grootbos Nature Reserve focus on conservation and community improvement, while Keith Kirsten brought a wealth of international experience and knowledge to the project, not to mention his involvement in the South African exhibition for many decades at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. .

The team also highlights the Grootbos Florilegium, a collection of botanical illustrations depicting rare plants in the Grootbos Nature Reserve.

Marinda Nel, with a background in business development, played a key role in managing the return of South African flora to Chelsea.

Cape Flora SA, a non-profit organization established in 2005, offered its support this year and remains steadfast in its commitment to sustainable harvesting and the growth of the fynbos industry.

The exhibition promoted demand for high-quality fynbos cut flowers in international markets, providing livelihoods to stakeholders and communities within the South African fynbos industry.