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Gardening Month by Month - Gardening in South Africa

2014 Spring Festival at Garden World

‘For The Love Of Nature’
A Garden Design Show Featuring the 2014 Award Winning
Kirstenbosch–SA Chelsea Exhibit From London
Friday 24 July – Sunday 31 August 2014

Garden World proudly presents the 2014 Kirstenbosch-SA Chelsea Flower Show

The 2014 Kirstenbosch-SA Chelsea Flower Show Exhibit Celebrates Sustainability

This year the exhibit was awarded a Silver Gilt Medal notching up yet another medal in the 39 years of exhibiting at the Chelsea Flower Show in London.  The innovative exhibit,
‘In Harmony with Nature’, attracted much interest from the Media, Celebrities and the Royal Family. Exhibiting at this ‘Olympics’ of Flower Shows is one of the major tourism opportunities to promote South Africa and its rich natural biodiversity and its cultural heritage and, with more than 150 000 visitors to this show, the South African stand is always a major attraction. The wealth of design inspiration paired with our rich natural biodiversity shows how architectural creativity has ‘borrowed’ from nature and is coupled with our cultural diversity.

Garden World School & Box Gardens

Other much loved annual attractions at the Spring festival are 6 school gardens.



Garden World Designer Gardens

Be inspired by these gardens that: reconnect with nature; nurture the earth; and walk on the wild side! This year there are 12 new designer gardens and four re-vamped gardens, including the winning 2013 garden.

Participating garden designers include award winning Leon Kluge, known for his modern, contemporary landscapes; and Sonita Young, designer of the Aquaponics edible garden two years ago. 

The Heartleaf Bergenia is a tough, reliable little plant that is a joy to behold in late winter and spring.

Bergenia cordifolia 'Red Beauty' Picture courtesy TuberfloraBergenia cordifolia 'Red Beauty' Picture courtesy TuberfloraHeartleaf Bergenia
(Bergenia cordifolia)

Bergenia is a fast growing evergreen perennial that produces showy clusters of waxy bell-shaped flowers on long red stalks in late winter and spring. Numerous garden hybrids have been bred, providing colours ranging from deep purplish pink to pale pink and occasionally white. The rounded to heart-shaped and sometimes puckered leaves are a glossy dark green and remain attractive even after the flowers fade. Bergenia is an excellent plant choice for families with young children, as the plants are non-toxic. The handsome leaves provide strong contrast for most garden plants, but especially when combined with fine leaved plants like ferns. They make excellent woodland plants and grow well in moist conditions. They are also excellent groundcover and border plants for the shade garden and grow easily in pots.

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