The BotSoc Lowveld Branch would like to extend their thanks to all those branch volunteers who assisted with the building and opening of the ‘Chelsea in the Lowveld’ exhibit at Lowveld National Botanical Gardens. From the 22 to 30 June the exhibit was on display at the gardens.

Every year delegates from SANBI travel to London, UK to exhibit at the Chelsea Flower Show, one of the UK’s most prestigious flower shows. The Chelsea Flower Show, founded in 1913, is held each May in the grounds of the Royal Chelsea Hospital. Once again the SANBI team won gold this year for their exhibit.


Chelsea exhibit was designed by Leon Kluge, former Lowvelder and son of previous garden Curator Johann Kluge. He was lucky enough to grow up with Lowveld NBG as his backyard. It therefore seems only appropriate to bring Chelsea Flower Show to the Lowveld.

The finished ‘Chelsea in the Lowveld’ exhibit covered 18 square metres with the original Chelsea exhibit covering 135 square metres. Kluge presented during the exhibition to BotSoc members and the local garden club on the trials and tribulations of building the main exhibit in London.

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