The South African National Biodiversity Institute’s (Sanbi) Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden received its 37th gold medal at the Chelsea Flower Show in London. The Kirstenbosch Chelsea Flower Show exhibit has represented South Africa’s diverse floral kingdom at the annual flower show for 44 years.

This year’s exhibit displayed cutting-edge design, which featured a slate mountain, dotted with abstract waterfalls cascading from bright larger-than-life traditional Ndebele hats, masses of proteas, arums, restios and fynbos arranged as they occur together on the wild slopes of some of South Africa’s mountains. Leon Kluge, the designer behind Kirstenbosch’s 2019 exhibition titled ‘Mountains of Abundance’, created a contemporary handmade three-metre high slate mountain, with one side depicting a silhouette of Table Mountain and the other of the Magaliesburg.