Palmstead planting on display for Olympic opening

Olympic planting from Palmstead Nurseries will be on display to the world throughout the 2012 Games in London.

Olympic basketball arena in London's Queen Elizabeth Park - image: London 2012
Olympic basketball arena in London's Queen Elizabeth Park - image: London 2012
The London Olympic Park includes half a mile of naturalistic perennial planting designed by James Hitchmough, Nigel Dunnett and Sarah Price in cooperation with LDA Design/Hargreaves.

Palmstead marketing manager Nick Coslett said:

"We are very proud to have contributed plants to the Olympic Park's World Gardens. We are just a small contributor in a very large and professional team who have produced an exemplar public park in a most considered and intelligent way; the park just happens to have Olympic facilities within it too."

Two of the designers behind the project, Hitchmough and Price have been speakers at the last two Palmstead annual workshops. 

Coslett added:

"As the park bursts in to colour for this superb event I sincerely hope it will be a stimulus which will shape and colour many more of our public parks for years to come. Shame on our public park managers and councillors if it does not."

Palmstead grew more than 60,000 plants, grasses, herbs and flowers from across the globe for the Olympic park project.  Coslett said his "medal winning’ plants" include:

  • The white Shasta Daisy in the Europe garden - Leucanthemum x superbus TE Killin   
  • The red Prairie bush mallow in the North American Garden - Callirhoe bushii
  • The South African Thistle in the Southern Hemisphere Garden - Berkheya purpurea
  • The Drackensburg Red Hot Pokers in the Southern Hemisphere Garden - Kniphofia triangularis - and
  • The False Gerbera - Haphlocarpa scaposa

Olympic Park plants will be on display at Palmstead Nurseries Soft Landscape Workshop on 27 September at the Ashford International Hotel. See   Speakers at this year’s workshop include:
Tony Kirkham, Dr Glynn Percival, Eelco Hooftman, Jim Gardiner and Sarah Eberle.

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