Situated on the edge of a working harbour, the Waterfront is an unlikely place to find an award-winning garden exhibit, but this month, visitors are given the opportunity to see the South African National Biodiversity’s (SANBI) Kirstenbosch Gardens’ Chelsea Flower Show entry on the water’s edge. From Friday August 30 until September 24, this spectacular exhibit will be recreated and on display at the Waterfront’s Clocktower area.
Kirstenbosch Gardens has won 33 gold medals at the annual Chelsea Flower Show hosted at the Royal Botanic Garden, Kew in London. Entitled, “Come into the Garden”, this year’s award was extra special because both Kirstenbosch and the Chelsea Flower Show celebrated their centenaries.
In celebration of the gold medal and the centenary of a much loved national gem, the Kirstenbosch exhibit will be showcased in its unique location, free for all visitors.
“It is fitting that a piece of South Africa’s first botanical garden is showcased at the country’s oldest working harbour to celebrate a momentous 100 years,” says David Green, CEO of the V&A Waterfront.
This year’s exhibition is a snapshot of South Africa’s distinctive botanical heritage, striving to create a sensory walk where visitors can experience the beauty and tranquility of being surrounded in the heart of the garden. There is a strong focus on South Africa’s indigenous fynbos such as the protea and Mandela’s gold strelitizia. This year’s exhibition also showcases the oldest plants in the garden; plants which were introduced from 1913, when Kirstenbosch gardens was established to 1917.
* The exhibition is located at Clocktower Square, at the V&A Waterfront. It is open from 9am to 6pm.