The theme of the garden is ‘One big family of gardeners’, representing both the unique world-renowned style of the British garden and the fabulous variety of plants which we enjoy growing from the family of nations around the world.
HTA head of horticulture Raoul Curtis-Machin is commissioner-general of the UK garden and the official participant is Defra. The official participation contract was signed in front on Turkish media on 27 February.
Curtis-Machin said: "It’s a UK horticulture industry garden, co-funded by Antalya Expo 2016 and industry (HTA). Antalya Expo 2016 have offered very generous on-site support to build the garden and we are delighted to accept. We will not know the cost of the garden until designs are complete and the garden is built.
"It’s a great opportunity for us to make progress with what I think is one of the most exciting Ornamental Roundtable projects – ask 5, for the UK to host an international horticultural expo. I hope the UK garden at the Antalya Expo can be used to show potential UK site hosts the unparalleled ability of a full-blown Expo to showcase innovation, expertise, growing skills and the pride in our country and culture."
Estimates have put the cost of the garden at £500,000-£1m.
The aim of the garden is to promote UK garden tourism, UK horticulture training, design skills and horticultural expertise. UK garden tourism brings in approximately £11 billion in revenue and has great potential for growth and 2016 is Visit Britain’s Year of the Garden.
The industry is also hoping to persuade a UK city to host an international horticultural Expo in 2024 (the last one was Stoke Garden Festival in 1986). This is one of the 12 asks of industry and government in the Ornamentals Roundtable.
With a theme of ‘Cultivating a Green Life for Future Generations’ the Antalya Expo will run from 23 April to 30 October.
Frost said: "The British horticulture industry has so much to shout about, so it is a privilege to take a little part of that to Turkey."
Curtis-Machin said: "We are excited about promoting UK horticulture on this international platform. There are forecast to be at least eight million local and international visitors to the Expo which is a great opportunity for us to showcase our world class horticulture. It’s more than 20 years since the UK last hosted a horticultural Expo. Turkey is a great country, and Antalya is a paradise location for an Expo. We hope that this garden will inspire British cities, and that their leaders see the potential of what it could bring to them."