Jurassic garden "a talking point" in run up to RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show

Plants that were the diet of reptilian giants roaming the earth more than 200 million years ago will make up the planting scheme of 'The SMART Vision Garden' at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2015 (30 June - 5 July).

With the new film Jurassic World released in cinemas this week, ‘The SMART Vision Garden’ has been a talking point in the build-up to the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show. Plants from both the Jurassic and Triassic periods, having survived mass extinction and vast climatic variations, will be on display throughout the garden.

The designer, Steve Smith, wanted to represent the resilience of nature across time, and challenge those who live in fear for our fragile planet.

The garden is enclosed by a structure made of timber covered in hazard tape, with exposed frames and fittings on the exterior. The interior is mirrored and shaded by bushy ferns and tall trees up to six feet high, creating the illusion of a much larger landscape.

That visitors can only view the garden from the outside creates a sense of trepidation as to what may be found in the Jurassic world behind the barriers, hiding in an array of some of the oldest growing plants on the planet.

The garden will raise awareness that plants such as Dicksonia antarctica and Dryopteris erythrosora can be grown in the UK. 

Many of these plants, including Cycas revoluta which has been dubbed ‘dinosaur food’, would have been included in the daily diet of herbivorous dinosaurs such as stegosaurus.

For the first time at an RHS Flower Show, ‘The SMART Vision Garden’ will feature the Wollemia nobilis (Wollemi pine).

Designer Steve Smith said: "I have used plants that evolved either in the Jurassic or Triassic periods, all of which have survived at least one major epoch and still survive today, in order to illustrate the capability of nature to flourish given the right opportunities and environment."

‘The SMART Vision Garden’ has been entered into the Conceptual Gardens category at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2015.

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