David Davidson On Another Chelsea Gold


This is the opportunity for all lovers of fynbos and great design to hear the charismatic and delightful David Davidson in person. He will talk about the vision for this year’s exhibit at Chelsea, the challenges of mounting it, and the perseverance required in the face of red tape that culminated in Gold.

In May this year, South Africa was awarded its 33rd Gold Medal at the Chelsea Flower Show by the Royal Horticultural Society. It was received by designer David Davidson and horticulturalist Raymond Hudson on behalf of the South African National Biodiversity Institute.

Their stand at the Chelsea Flower Show was a celebration of the centenary of the Cape’s Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden and it sought to accurately replicate a number of locales in the garden. According to the official description of the installation, “The display is an enclosed reconstruction of the Central Garden and Dell – the oldest and most beautiful parts of the Garden.


The challenges facing the designers and organisers included the fact that in May South Africa is heading into winter while the northern hemisphere is beginning to celebrate summer. According to David: “We recreate our exhibit using entirely cut flowers because there is a prohibition on the export of soil from South Africa”.

Whale Coast Conservation and the Hermanus Botanical Society are delighted to invite you to this talk by David Davidson on an amazing achievement.

Please diarise Saturday 28th September, 17h30 at the Green House. The Green House is situated on the north side of the R43 near the Lynx Road exit to Vermont. Entrance is R10 to cover costs.