The Horticultural Trades Association (HTA), working on behalf of the UK garden industry, will exhibit within the Discovery Zone in the Great Pavilion at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. ‘The Great Escape’ will be educational and inspiring, demonstrating the benefits of plants, gardening and outdoor space, and highlighting ways in which people of all ages enjoy outdoor spaces. Designed by Chris Collins (Chris Collins Horticulture) it also showcases the role of UK garden centres and initiatives such as National Children’s Gardening Week, in spreading the message about the wider benefits of plants, gardens and gardening.
The exhibit has been designed with four spaces:
- The Orb Den, a garden kitchen to propagate and grow micro-crops featuring a bug hotel, compost robot, solar panel, stepping stones and an alternative water saving device
- The Urban Garden, a pot garden to encourage the amateur gardener with tiered hanging baskets, containers, mounted bat box, bird boxes, weather station, hedgehog house, insect tower, barbecue, stepping stones and reconditioned decking
- The Outdoor Gym, a hub to promote family health and well-being with exercise equipment, containers, fruit area, mounted tool rack and mounted bird boxes
- The Summer House, a place of serenity and relaxation to enjoy the garden all year-round, with a summer house, birch trees and horn beam, herbaceous planting, seating, mounted bird boxes and camomile lawn areas.
Adam Taylor, HTA President comments: “We are excited to be back at RHS Chelsea Flower Show to showcase the UK garden industry. This year, situated in the Discovery Zone, we have a great opportunity to educate, engage and inspire the public on the benefits of plants and gardening.”
He adds: “It will be possible for many of the ideas featured to be replicated within garden centres and this will be a great way of joining in with the activity and the buzz around the show.”