Keith is a regular presence on South Africa radio – and now you can find him online, too.
Keith could be described as a gardening evangelist, especially when it comes to encouraging people to convert to the “new gardening”. That is, a more eco-friendly and sustainable approach to garden and landscape management. It’s all about being a gentler gardener – no harsh chemicals, less water usage, and planting more indigenous varieties of plant and shrub.
Keith continues to share his love for gardening – and his profound knowledge. He loves the way that the internet lets him connect with many more people all at the same time, and he was one of the first well-known gardeners to see its potential. Scroll down to watch some of his latest YouTube videos.
Sowing for Gold Award-winning landscapes.
The recent South African Landscapers Institute awards evening held at the Mount Grace Country House & Spa Magaliesburg proved to be particularly fruitful for Keith Kirsten Horticulture International.
KKHI was recognised with a number of awards for their work at the stunning Lourensford Wine Estate near Somerset West. KKHI won not only the prestigious Bristlecone Nursery Floating Trophy but also a Gold Award of Excellence for Landscape Construction with In-House Design and a Trophy Award of Excellence for the Most Innovative and Original Use of Plant Material.
Keith dedicated these awards – which also took note of KKHI’s commitment to water-wise landscaping – to the landscape gardeners who designed and created Lourensford Wine Estate’s grounds, and the Lourensford team who will be maintaining them.
Groundbreaking in honour of an innovator The Mandela Presidential Centre
After a lifetime of service to his country, Nelson Mandela was able to enjoy a quiet retirement with his wife Graça Machel in the leafy Johannesburg suburb of Houghton. Which makes 13th Avenue the ideal site for the Mandela Presidential Centre – a building dedicated to honouring the man, understanding the significance of his achievements, and seeking to achieve his vision for South Africa.
Sod-turning is an event that traditionally marks the launch of a building project, and for a project of this importance, it was entirely appropriate that it took place on an auspicious date (Mandela Day) and that it was attended by key dignitaries associated with Nelson Mandela.
KKHI was honoured to provide the Nelson Mandela Foundation with the gleaming ceremonial spades that were used to symbolically break ground for the new centre, with sponsorship from Lasher Tools SA.
Dignitaries in attendance included Former President Thabo Mbeki, Nelson Mandela Foundation CEO Sello Hatang, Nelson Mandela Foundation Chairman Prof Njabulo Ndebele, Advocate George Bizos, Dr Mamphela Ramphele and Thebe Tourism Group CEO Jerry Mabena.
In the same way that Nelson Mandela helped put South Africa back on the international map, the Mandela Presidential Centre will become a literal landmark in the history of democracy and peaceful struggle for positive change.