Cycads and barcoding

Cycads and Barcoding

CONSERVATION   Are cycads in your garden legal? The newsletter of March 2016 contained an article by Retha Visser with the title Cycads in your Garden: are they legal? In “Veld & Flora” a new development in the fight against the illegal trade in cycads is discussed, which is briefly summarised here. This has to […]

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New director: fundraising portfolio

Meet our new directors

KBRC OFFICE   During the course of the year, we co-opted not less than three new directors to the KBRC’s Board. They are: Michael du Toit Michael is a farmer / business man of the Elgin Grabouw area, who is keen on adventure experiences and hopefully will give us good guidance on building out our […]

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Chantal Esterhuizen, KBRC's co-ordinating officer

Taking leave of Chantal

KBRC OFFICE Unfortunately, we do not have only good news to share. In view of our financial plight our co-ordinating officer Chantal Esterhuizen, who became mom for the second time and had been on maternity leave the past few months, agreed to accept a severance package. We have great appreciation for her services over many […]

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Richard Starke addressing attendees at the unveiling of the theme

KBR’s Message

Team South Africa at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show I want to send off Team South Africa to the Royal Chelsea Flower Show with all the best of wishes that we as KBRC can muster. We are extremely proud of the fact that our biosphere reserve was chosen as the theme of this year’s display. […]

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RHS Chelsea Flower Show

South Africa in Bloom

41 years at the Chelsea Flower Show SANBI-Kirstenbosch’s 41st annual entry to the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Chelsea Flower Show (CFS) will place the Harold Porter National Botanical Garden – A Gateway to the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve World Heritage Site on centre stage at the exhibit. The Harold Porter National Botanical Garden in Betty’s Bay […]

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Clarence Drive

Clarence Drive

The spectacular Clarence Drive The route to Betty’s Bay and the Harold Porter National Botanical Garden follows the spectacular thirty-mile stretch of coast between Gordon’s Bay and Kleinmond around False Bay, known as Clarence Drive and regarded by some as the most scenic drive in the world, it is the sheer scale of the mountains […]

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Book cover of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show - A Centenary Celebration

Our History at the Chelsea Flower Show

Showcasing the world’s richest and most diverse floral kingdoms Initially an image-building initiative of the Department of Foreign Affairs, the immeasurable value of this event as a magnet for tourism has increased dramatically since the dawn of the New South Africa, despite the termination of government funding in 1995 in favour of other diplomatic expansion […]

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David Davidson and Raymond Hudson

The Designers

David Davidson and Raymond Hudson have been responsible for designing and creating the Kirstenbosch-South Africa exhibit for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show for 23 consecutive years, together with a small core team and an enthusiastic crew of volunteers. Award-winning exhibits During this time, the exhibit has garnered 16 RHS Gold Medals (bringing the total since […]

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Johan West speaking at the 4th World Congress of Biosphere Reserves, Lima

KBR Presentation in Lima

KBR Presentation at the 4th World Congress of Biosphere Reserves in Lima From 14 to 17 March 2016 I and two other members of our management committee were at this congress where I had the nerve-wrecking experience to address 1500 delegates from 134 countries about the Kogelberg and a new vision for Africa. Luckily, it […]

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