Plants flown to Chelsea find a royal home

The redevelopment of a New Zealand garden in Windsor Great Park to be boosted with plants from Tourism New Zealand's entry at Chelsea.

Plants from the controversial Tourism New Zealand garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show will be used in the redevelopment of a New Zealand garden in the UK. Politicians criticised the garden for being environmentally irresponsible because 950 plants were flown from New Zealand. Exterior Architecture director Sam Martin said many of the plants would be used in the redevelopment and expansion of the New Zealand plant collection at Savill Garden in Windsor Great Park. The Queen received a gift from the New Zealand government during her 1986 visit for a New Zealand native plant collection to be established in Savill Garden, which is managed by the Crown Estate. Martin was asked in October 2004 to submit a design to imp-rove and expand the collection, which had not been maintained “in the intended manner”. His goal is simple: “I want to create a landscape evocative of New Zealand; something distinctively New Zealand in the UK.” He sees it as a good way to promote New Zealand’s plant diversity. Martin added: “The planting emphasis will be on the ornamental value of New Zealand native plants. There will be a variety of new species and they will be planted in unusual and striking combinations. Planting of the 2,000sq m garden, located near Savill Garden’s new visitor centre, is scheduled for February 2007 with the opening planned for April 2007.

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