South Africa’s Kirstenbosch Exhibit for 2011 Chelsea Flower Show

Designer David Davidson
Designer David Davidson With a Scale Model of the Kirstenbosch Entry -- Photo: Charles O'Leary

A scale model of the Kirstenbosch exhibit which is South Africa’s entry to the prestigious Chelsea Flower Show in London is seen here on display at Kirstenbosch Gardens in Cape Town. The finished display will cover a 12 x 12 meter (39 x 39 feet) area.

Designers, David Davidson and Raymond Hudson will be exhibiting for the eighteenth time this year. For the past 35 years, the Kirstenbosch-SA Exhibit has won 30 Gold medals, two Silver-Gilt medals and three Silver medals, as well as various special awards for outstanding contributions. The two designers will win a special ‘Gold Prize’ from the Scion shop if they win another Gold Award in this year’s show.

The show will run from the 24th to 27th of May, 2011. All the plants used in the show are indigenous to South Africa. However, because some are annuals, usually flowering in Spring in South Africa, plants will be sourced from Keintzler in Germany. South African plants are a common sight in Europe where their cultivation has become quite commonplace (5 Photos).

Nature’s Golden Ratio was the inspiration behind South Africa’s medal winning exhibit at the Royal Horticultural Society’s Chelsea Flower Show which took place in London from May 22 to May 26 in 2007. At the time Davidson said:

The Fibonacci series, familiar to architects and artists as the Golden Ratio, can be found everywhere in nature, from the empty flower head of a Protea, to the seed arrangement of a Sunflower.”

The Chelsea Flower Show is commonly known as the “Olympics” of the industry. It is one of the most popular exhibitions in the world and in 2010 attracted 157,000 paying visitors over 5 days. The show attracts people from a wide variety of disciplines and countries. The Kirstenbosch-South Africa exhibit enjoys wide attention.

Kirstenbosch exhibit to the Chelsea Flower Show 2011
A scaled model of the Kirstenbosch exhibit to the prestigious 2011 Royal Horticultural Society Chelsea Flower Show in London is seen on display at Kirstenbosch Gardens in Cape Town -- Photo: Charles O'Leary


Two of the Eight World Heritage Sites in South Africa
The Display is Inspired by Two of the Eight World Heritage Sites in South Africa -- Photo: Charles O'Leary

The Cape Floral Kingdom of the Western Cape
The Cape Floral Kingdom of the Western Cape forms one side of the display -- Photo: Charles O'Leary


The desert of the Northern Cape’s Richtersveld region
The arid, mountainous desert of the Northern Cape’s Richtersveld region where 650 plant species have been recorded makes up the second half of the display -- Photo: Charles O'Leary



Source: News 24

Update 24 May 2011: South Africa’s entry won a Gold Medal for the 31st time at the Chelsea Flower Show.

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