Horticolous Chelsea show garden time travels to a Solardome future

A centenary of growing will be encapsulated in one garden at this year's RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

The 100 Years of Horticulture garden has been created by Somerset company Horticolous Landscape and Garden Design and will occupy a 100sqm spot inside The Great Pavilion, between 21 and 25 of May.

Horticolous co-founder Lynn Riches said visitors will be taken on a journey through time.

One side will have an old greenhouse, traditional plants and methods of growing while on the other side, blocked from view, are modern techniques and cutting-edge technology.

She said: "Firstly the garden will have plants and materials that make you feel like you have stepped back in time. Then we have a beautiful stone arch we will take you through and deliver you almost into the future."

The 21st century garden features a geodesic 4.5m diameter Solardome Haven glasshouse, which offers an ideal environment for growing vegetables and citrus fruits and includes airflow which helps maintain a more uniform temperature and discourage fungus and disease.

Riches, said it was "a beautiful structure" which could be just as easily used to grow exotic flowers as to create an outside room.

Hampshire family firm Solardome Industries achieves maximum solar gain in the Haven, a result of 97% light transmission through the multiple facets of the geodesic dome.

Managing director Pippa Bailey said the team was really excited Chelsea.

"Glasshouse design has come a long way and our unique geodesic design is ideal for the modern gardener who wants the best plants and a stunning design feature."

The glasshouse provides the perfect environment for hydroponics and aquaponics experts Hydrogarden to demonstrate modern growing techniques inside the Haven glasshouse.

Gardener John Wheatley, Sutton Seeds and Paignton Zoo are also key partners in the project.

Horticolous won gold medals at Chelsea in 2011 and 2012 and worked on the RHS Edible Garden at Hampton Court Flower Show.

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