Sparsholt launches Chelsea garden with plant heritage theme

Sparsholt College has partnered with conservation charity Plant Heritage to tell the story of The People's Plants for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2016.

Sparsholt's Chelsea team. Image: Supplied
Sparsholt's Chelsea team. Image: Supplied

The garden will highlight the work of the charity, including their Plant Guardian scheme, National Plant Collection scheme and Threatened Plants project. It will show how people can become actively involved in conservation of cultivated plants from their own back garden, greenhouse, allotment or windowsill.

A team of horticulture students designed and created the garden. It will feature a three-part display, representing the past (the cultural heritage of cultivated plants, highlighting traditional plants such as roses, hostas and salvias), present (current National Plant Collections with a focus on Hampshire sites) and future (potential new collections and current threatened plants, including the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Apples and the most wanted genera).

The exhibit will be sited at Chelsea's RHS Discovery area.

Horticulture expert Chris Bird, who is leading the team, said: "Exhibiting at RHS Chelsea is a thrill for any gardener, famous or otherwise. For our students it is an incredible experience which requires them to drawn on their outstanding skills and knowledge.

"Our purpose at Sparsholt is to train the next generation of horticulturists and what greater start to their careers then having their work showcased on an international platform. Working with Plant Heritage enables us to tell the important story of The People's Plants and how anyone with a passion for plants can also play their part in important conservation work."

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