The Gardener :: Editor's Letter
July 09
   The Gardener

The flurry of the Chelsea Flower Show has just come to an end, and although we didn’t get to fly over the ocean this year, we sent Gill, a long-time friend and graphic designer for all our magazines, to experience the show. Gill was overwhelmed and completely stressed leading up to the big day, worrying that she would miss the photo calls or get lost (which we all do first time round), and terrified that she wouldn’t manage to get the best images! Needless to say, Gill survived, even thrived, and loved the entire experience. What amused me most was her saying that “even their weeds were pretty!” Next month we will give you the full report – the highs and lows, and what impressed Gill the most. (And more pictures of the SANBI display!)

But there is some news that we have to share right now: the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) display brought back a 37th gold medal from their 44th attendance of the esteemed event! Our extraordinarily talented designer, Leon Kluge, was the creator of this spectacular display, entitled ‘Mountains of Abundance’.

Leon’s contemporary twist in design shone through in this creation, featuring a slate mountain and abstract waterfalls cascading into larger-than-life traditional Ndebele hats. It was insanely gorgeous. To all the volunteers, organisers and funders, a huge thank you and sincere congratulations from all of us at Lonehill Media!

International correspondent Gill O’Donoghue.
I hope you love Leon’s interpretation of our amazing country as much as we do. And bear in mind that every plant you see in these images has been created one stem at a time by placing it in oasis!
Happy gardening.


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