Elegant Places

Wednesday, 14 August 2013

Bringing a piece of Kirstenbosch to the Waterfront

Situated on the edge of a working harbour, the Waterfront is an unlikely place to find an award-winning garden exhibit, but this month, visitors are given the opportunity to see the South African National Biodiversity’s (SANBI) Kirstenbosch Gardens’ Chelsea Flower Show entry on the water’s edge. From 30 August until 24 September, this spectacular exhibit will be recreated and on display at the Waterfront’s Clocktower area.

Kirstenbosch Gardens has won 33 gold medals at the annual Chelsea Flower Show hosted at the Royal Botanic Garden, Kew in London. Entitled, “Come into the Garden”, this year’s award was extra special because both Kirstenbosch and the Chelsea Flower Show celebrated their centenaries.

In celebration of the gold medal and the centenary of a much loved national gem, the V&A Waterfront is proud to share the Kirstenbosch exhibit in a unique location., free for all visitors.

David Green, CEO of the V&A Waterfront said, ‘’It is an honour to acknowledge the groundbreaking work SANBI does by bringing the Kirstenbosch Chelsea exhibit to the Waterfront and sharing it with our visitors. It is fitting that a piece of South Africa’s first botanical garden is showcased at the country’s oldest working harbour to celebrate a momentous 100 years.’’

This year’s exhibition is a snapshot of South Africa’s distinctive botanical heritage. Striving to create a sensory walk where visitors can experience the beauty and tranquility of being surrounded in the heart of the garden. The circular walk through exhibit features the Dell and Cycad Amphitheatre on one side and the Protea Garden and mountain skyline on the other.  There is also a strong focus on South Africa’s indigenous fynbos such as the protea and Mandela’s gold strelitizia. This year’s exhibition also showcases the oldest plants in the garden; plants which were introduced from 1913, when Kirstenbosch gardens was established to 1917.

The exhibition is located at Clocktower Square, at the V&A Waterfront. It is open from 9am to 6pm and entry is free.

About the V&A Waterfront

The V&A Waterfront is one of Africa’s most visited cultural and historical hubs. Set on the edge of a natural working harbour with the iconic Table Mountain as its backdrop, it offers local and international visitors a cosmopolitan mixed-bag of experiences ranging from tourism and leisure, retail shopping and exclusive entertainment. Its prime positioning boasts panoramic views of the ocean, city bowl and mountain peaks. Upto 100 000 people visit every day during peak season. With 22 official landmarks on-site, it is also part of South Africa’s historical legacy. Jointly owned by Growthpoint Properties Limited and the Government Employees Pension Fund (GEPF), represented by the Public Investment Corporation Limited (PIC), the V&A Waterfront was developed in 1988 by the state-owned transport corporation, Transnet Limited, while official commercial trading commenced in November 1990.

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