23 September 2009

Chelsea Flower Show Exhibit at Kirstenbosch

The Kirstenbosch exhibit at the Chelsea Flower Show in May earlier this year, "Havens of Diversity", won us our 30th gold medal and will be re-created on the Marquee Lawn at Kirstenbosch from 3-11 October. The exhibit will be open during normal garden hours and a small entry fee of R10 will be charged in addition to the normal garden entry fee.

Designers David Davidson and Ray Hudson took the theme of biodiversity to show the world how our Botanical Gardens are the vital link in teaching the public about the foundation blocks for our survival - food, fuel, fibres, the energy we use, the water we drink and the air that we breathe.
The exhibit features four of the National Botanical Gardens of the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) from the following areas; Kirstenbosch, (Cape Town) Hantam (Nieuwoudtville), Lowveld (Nelspruit) and Walter Sisulu (Roodepoort), the quadrants represent the vista of the region in a postage stamp styled photograph with the unique flora of the specific area growing out of the picture. Cleverly executed, it creates the feeling of walking into the actual scenes and now visitors will be able to take a peek at some of the other glorious gardens in the country.
Although SANBI did not have a sponsor this year for the exhibit, they did not want to disappoint loyal visitors so took the decision to charge a small entry fee to cover some of the expenses.

The Chelsea Flower Show exhibit will be on show at Kirstenbosch on the Marquee Lawn (top gate) from Saturday 3 to Sunday 11 October.
The Garden is open from 08h00 - 19h00
Garden entry: R35 for adults, R20 for students, R10 for scholars (between 6 and 17) and free for children under 6.
Entry to the exhibit R10
For further information call the Kirstenbosch information Desk: 021 799 8783 or visit Kirstenbosch What’s On page http://www.sanbi.org/

Durban also won a gold medal for their exhibit - a more light-hearted affair with soccer as a theme. Ideas for next year....

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