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Flower show kicks off with sustainable theme

Words by Smiley Team

Propagating ideas in the gardening world, RHS Chelsea Flower Show is a major source of inspiration. This year, to encourage greener gardening practices, the show spotlights planet-friendly gardens.

From artistic designs conveying urgent environmental messages to gardens offering practical solutions, the show has picked a pertinent theme.

“With the urgent need for everyone to help combat climate change, planet-friendly gardening is more important than ever, with exhibits and displays across the show promoting how sustainable practices that can benefit the planet are easy to achieve at home,” announced the organiser, gardening charity the RHS.

Among the gardens on display, The Plantsman’s Ice Garden features a 15-tonne ice cube as a centrepiece, to remind viewers of the precarity of nature in the face of global warming.

Flourishing with raspberry, anthriscus, and angelica, the Brewin Dolphin Garden exhibits plants and techniques to improve soil quality. The OmVed Gardens in the Discovery Zone will showcase the importance of seed sharing.

Meanwhile, the BBC Studios Our Green Planet and RHS Bee Garden offers a wealth of inspiration for nectar and pollen-rich plants to support biodiversity. 

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The themes for the show also include good health and wellbeing. This theme has inspired gardens dedicated to cancer patients, new mothers navigating parenthood and military veterans.

“The healing and restorative power of gardens and plants is celebrated across the show, particularly in relation to mental health,” the RHS said.

Forty-four designers have entered the show, 24 of which are making their RHS Chelsea debut. These include the emerging community gardener, Tayshan Hayden-Smith, and recent graduate Bea Tann.

After the show, 25 gardens and the plants from the rest will live on, donated to benefit school pupils, visitors to health centres and inmates at a prison in Suffolk. 

Inspired to act?

ATTEND: Support initiatives inspiring people to grow. Attend RHS Chelsea Flower Show on 24 - 28 May 2022.


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