Our Landscape build gets underway

By: Richard Wilford - 13/04/2010


The turf has been cleared, our landscape beds marked out and the rocks have been put into place. Watch our new video and see how our South Africa Landscape is starting to take shape!

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There's lots going on at the British Museum this week and the Landscape build is underway. We posted some new photos to our Flickr set this week too. Together we hope they offer a taster of how our Landscape is taking shape.

The path base for our Landscape is now going in and on Wednesday morning there was a big plant delivery from South Africa. This was was an incredibly nerve racking day, but I'm pleased to report that all our plants arrived in one piece.

Now I'm looking forward to getting started on the planting. There is, of course, loads to do and I'm a bit nervous about how things will go. I really want to make sure that everything is planted in the right place and we do justice to the design.

When it's empty the space looks huge but once we start planting I'm sure it will shrink rapidly! 

- Richard Wilford -
(Collections Manager, Hardy Display section at Kew)

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About the South Africa Landscape

This spring, Kew and the British Museum are bringing a small corner of South Africa to the heart of London. The South Africa Landscape, sponsored by Barclays, which opens on 29 April 2010 on the Museum’s west lawn, will highlight the rich diversity of plant life from South Africa’s Cape region – an area that is home to all three of the country’s internationally renowned biodiversity hotspots. 2010 has been declared International Year of Biodiversity by the United Nations and the Landscape will also coincide with the spotlight on South Africa in the run up to the FIFA World Cup.



2 comments on 'Our Landscape build gets underway'

Alison Metcalfe says

05/05/2010 12:00:00 AM | Report abuse

I saw this garden yesterday at the BM - it's wonderful. We saw quiver trees (& osteospermums & mesembryanthemums & huge aloes) in Namibia a couple of years ago. These trees are beautiful - interesting bark & 'florescences'; I never thought I'd see them again. I must come again a couple of times, to watch some of the carpeting flowers come out. I recommend a visit to the BM to anyone who can get there - the garden is a joy, & there's plenty in the BM too - and all for free! Congratulations and thanks to both Kew & the BM for this excellent collaboration.


Helen Kemble-Davies says

01/05/2010 12:00:00 AM | Report abuse

Most interesting - thanks very much


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