Tanya Abrahamse, SANBI CEO

Message from SANBI CEO, Tanya Abrahamse

Tanya Abrahamse, SANBI CEO

Tanya Abrahamse, SANBI CEO

This year we showcase Harold Porter National Botanical Garden located in the beautiful area of Betty’s Bay, tucked away to the east of Cape Town near the southernmost tip of the African continent where the Indian and Atlantic Oceans meet. Our Garden is uniquely located within the renowned Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve (KBR) – a place of such natural beauty and complex floral diversity to be recognized as perhaps the world’s greatest biodiversity hot-spot.

The KBR is part of the Cape Floral Kingdom (locally known as the Fynbos), the smallest of the world’s floral kingdoms but the richest by far with 9 087 different plant species of which 6 218 are endemic. Our Garden and the Reserve make up a floral hotspot in the heart of the fynbos region dominated by high sandstone peaks of the 900m Kogelberg Mountain range and lapped by the blue waters of the ocean at its feet.

Wherever you are holidaying in South Africa there is a National Botanical Garden close by waiting to embrace you with its beauty and ‘window’ onto our country’s fascinating biodiversity. So, why not save a day in your holiday diary to visit one of our ten National Botanical Gardens?

With more than 150 000 people visiting the Chelsea Flower Show, the success of the stand depends on the enthusiastic team of volunteers who join the designers and SANBI representatives in ensuring that our display is perfect in every way.

This year Lihle Dlamini (SANBI’s Director of Marketing and Communication),  Alice Notten (Interpretation Officer at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden) and Sthembile Zondi  (Horticulturist at KwaZulu-Natal National Botanical Garden) will also be working hard at the show.

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  Vol 3, Issue 2 – Chelsea Flower Show: May 2016.