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.
Nelson Mandela Rose - UK Launch
London’s Trafalgar Square is known for Nelson’s Column and South Africa House, and the latter was the setting for the UK launch event of another icon: The Nelson Mandela rose.
We were honoured to be invited by SA High Commission Her Excellency Nomatemba Tambo to a glittering occasion which paid tribute to the work of Madiba and celebrated his legacy in the shape of the rose that bears his name.
The event was sponsored by our friends from Lasher Tools (UK), who were represented on the evening by Ian Livingston. Fittingly for an occasion that paid tribute to one of the greatest ever African statesmen, dignitaries from across the continent were also present. They included representatives of Mozambique, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Lesotho and Malawi.
In addition to celebrating Madiba’s enduring gifts to our nation, the launch also provided an opportunity to celebrate the best of contemporary South African horticulture and garden design.
South African garden designer Leon Kluge and his team also attended, fresh from their success at this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Kluge, the designer behind Kirstenbosch’s 2019 exhibition titled ‘Mountains of Abundance’, and his team earned SANBI Kirstenbosch’s 37th gold medal in as many years.
With both Sello Hatang CEO of the Nelson Mandela Foundation, and Beryl Ferguson, the SANBI Board chairperson, also in attendance, the rose launch was an uplifting celebration of the very best of South Africa, past, present and future.