Kirstenbosch RHS Chelsea 2014
On Friday 16th May, MK's Alan Brignall joined up with the Team from the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden to help construct the Kirstenbosch-South Africa exhibit for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2014.
Leading the Chelsea Team were David Davidson and Raymond Hudson who have exhibited at Chelsea for 21 consecutive years, garnering 17 RHS Gold Medals, as well as the Anthony Huxley Trophy (1995) and the Lawrence Medal for the best floral exhibit shown to the RHS in 2006. They also won the RHS President’s Most Creative Award introduced at Chelsea in 2008.
The design theme comes from South Africa’s rich biodiversity of Nature. The exhibit features natural vegetation from various habitat types, integrated with outstanding examples of unique local architecture together with other examples of biomimicry, specifically designed in harmony with Nature, to create sustainable legacies.
The garden is split into 4 sections: The Enchanted Forest; The Savanna; Fynbos (Cape Floral Region); Ecosystem Services. Kirstenbosch also pays tribute to Madiba on the Chelsea exhibit in the form of a vertical stone gab ion memorial wall, inset with a pixel portrait of Nelson Mandela, created from everlasting organic material (dry protea flower rosettes) in a palette of eight natural colours.
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