Come and see the Windblown Garden by Leon Kluge
at the Celebrating the Arts weekend in McGregor on 24 – 26 September
Join us at the launch event of this beautifully designed garden as one of the exciting offerings at the “Celebrating the Arts” weekend in McGregor from 24 – 26 September 2021.
The village of McGregor is proud to showcase a ‘Windblown Garden’ that was designed and made by the internationally renowned garden designer and botanist Leon Kluge, at the ‘Celebrating the Arts’ in McGregor over the weekend of 24 – 26 September.
Kluge`s show pieces characteristically include large sculptural elements amongst clever planting of seeds. Unlike most show projects, this garden will rather endure as a visitor destination – it’s bright colours will be best enjoyed in August & September, though it includes year-round planting and different characteristics for seasonal viewing.
The concept was created back in June 2020, when Leon kindly offered to support the first online garden event in South Africa – McGregor Magic. He was inspired by the elements influencing the forms & Flora of the semi-Karoo landscape. A sunny site was offered on the grounds of NG church, central to McGregor & the scaling of plan-to-reality for the Windblown Garden began.
Formed from local Bokkeveldt shale, the sculptural wall arcs of the garden were built during early 2021, by local McGregor masons skilled in drystone building. During April this year, Leon worked with a team to sculpt vines which were bundled & worked around frames of cut alien-invading trees. Supporters in the village community have since prepared soil, donated both plants & funds, so that by June, they helped Leon to plant 1000 seedlings, as well as sow seed chosen for its vivid colour.
‘It is very exciting to see a project arise from unforeseen circumstances and to come alive with the involvement of donors & volunteers” says Leon, ‘It is unlike my other planned projects & International commissions. In such a pretty location, it appealed to me, not only for it`s beauty, but for the very interesting flora that occurs in the McGregor area. This is where the fynbos meets the succulent Karoo and the plants that occur here are very special indeed.”
Leon is to officially launch his Windblown Garden creation at a picnic on the church lawn at 1pm on Saturday 25th September. To book spots and for further queries contact McGregor Tourism on 023 625 1954 or email email@example.com
Then, later, on the same afternoon, Kluge will expand on more of his work at a talk in the village (3:15pm 25th September 2021 at Ragazzi, Voortrekkerstreet. Tickets for the talk can be booked at Quicket:
Leon Kluge is one of few experts on the continent who travel Internationally to promote indigenous Flora. South Africa’s award -winning Chelsea Flower Show gardens are designed by Leon and is commissioned by *SANBI.
YouTube video of Windblown inspiration https://youtu.be/tyh85Yo3hhk
YouTube video of Vine Sculpting https://youtu.be/eHy_B-uc7cU
Follow updates on the Windblown garden on Facebook: @mcgregormagic
Celebrating the Arts
On 24/25th September, Heritage weekend, McGregor village will offer a Medicinal plant walk with a traditional healer; a Garden picnic & talk by SA’s International designer, Leon Kluge;
an Art exhibition in a retreat Garden;
Craft & Flower arranging demos;
& even a Ballet school presentation.
Contact McGregor Tourism on 023 625 1954 or email firstname.lastname@example.org