SA shines at Chelsea Flower Show

South Africa stole the show at this year’s RHS Chelsea flower show when it not only won a Gold medal with perfect scores from the RHS judges but was awarded “Best Exhibit in the Great Pavilion” as well as the “Best New Design” award. RHS president Keith Weed CBE presented the awards to head designer Leon Kluge and his team on the opening day.

Described as one of the most outstanding exhibits ever in the Great Pavillion, 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, in which large clay sculptures formed the backdrop for an eye-watering display of fynbos cut flowers.

After a four-year hiatus, South Africa’s participation was made possible by the Rupert Nature Foundation, the Grootbos Private Nature Reserve, and other private sector donors. More information appears with the video.

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