Monday, 26 May 2014

Kirstenbosch Crown Jewels Centenary Collection unveiled

I recently attended the celebration of Kirstenbosch’s first centenary at their beautiful botanical site. It is always a pleasure visiting this indescribable paradise set against the slopes of Table Mountain. It is one of my favourite places in Cape Town, and without fail, every visit is memorable.

The morning was a tribute to the past 100 years of promotion, conservation and appreciation of biodiversity in South Africa. I am sure it takes great organisation and dedication from SANBI (South African National Biodiversity Institute) to maintain the grandeur that is Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens, evidenced by the fact that it is regarded as one of the most diverse gardens in the world.

'Kirstenbosch lies in the heart of the Cape Floristic Region, also known as the Cape Floral Kingdom. In 2004 the Cape Floristic Region, including Kirstenbosch, was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site – another first for Kirstenbosch. It is the first botanic garden in the world to be included within a natural World Heritage Site.

In true splendour, which mirrors the beauty of the gardens, the morning was concluded with the unveiling of the magnificent Kirstenbosch Crown Jewels Centenary Collection. A bespoke jewellery collection was commissioned to assist with fund raising, a collection fit for royalty - which will be auctioned on 17 June 2014 at the Old Mutual Conference Centre, Kirstenbosch. All jewellery pieces may be viewed at the Cape Grace Hotel from 26 May 2014.



















And the SHOWSTOPPER…..


Photos courtesy of Hippo Communications

These pieces are such a gilded feast for the eyes, a true reflection of our beautiful gem Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens.

A must see is the newly built Tree Canopy Walkway which offers a birds eye view of the gardens. Read more here.

Tree Canopy Walkway now open
Photo source: Kirstenbosch 

Ciao for now, 
RuBe xoxo