SA wins gold at the Chelsea Flower Show

SA wins gold at the Chelsea Flower Show

London - Since first bursting into bloom in 1912, the Chelsea Flower Show has been, well, about flowers.

But Tuesday – possibly for the first time – an almost entirely green garden won the coveted Best in Show award.

With visitors commenting that the design ranged from "disappointing" to "brave", the winner is the talk of the gardening world.

South Africa won gold for the 37th time. Kirstenbosch was awarded for their stunning floral kingdom display, aptly named Mountains of Abundance.

The team was led by Leon Kluge, a local garden designer who has already won three gold medals at the RHS.

The RHS says natural "green" gardens are on trend for this year. The garden features "free planting" rather than planting in groups of three or four.

An even more radical garden was unveiled by Ikea. It features hydroponic technology without sunlight or soil. Plants grow under LED lights with soil replaced by water.