While many expect to see rows of bright blooms and fluffy blooms at the Chelsea Flower Show, this year the Star Gardens will also feature biodiversity features such as mushrooms and beaver habitat.
Garden designers at the Royal Horticulture Society’s (RHS) annual exhibition have been urged to consider the environment when registering.
While many traditional aspects of the show, including the award-winning flowers at the Grand Pavilion, remain, many gardens focus on nature rather than conventional groomed beauty.
For the first time, the gardening power of beavers will be presented at the show. The Rewilding Britain Landscape Garden, designed by designers Lulu Urquhart and Adam Hunt, will show how rodents maintain the landscape and allow biodiversity to thrive.
Beavers became extinct from the UK 400 years ago and it is only in recent years that they have been reintroduced to parts of the country.
Their garden will show off a naturally regenerated landscape in the South West of England, with the designers claiming they will “show the role of beavers as incredible bioengineers within a natural ecosystem”.
It will feature a beaver dam and pool with a gazebo in the back, and show a “riverfront meadow” of the kind that beavers create when they partially flood a shoreline and attract pollinators and other wildlife.
The couple said: “The inspiration for the garden comes from the sight of the incredible abundance, diversity and beauty that comes from the presence of beavers, a mammal once lost in the British landscape and now reintroduced.”
Favorite beaver trees, including hazelnuts and field maples, were chosen for the garden, along with wildflowers and native plants that encourage and support trees such as hawthorn and alder, which provide winter food for many birds and support dozens of insect species.
Rather than flowers, designer Joe Perkins decided to show a range of mushrooms to highlight the “inseparable link between plants and fungi within forest ecosystems”.
Between purchasing new roses and water features for their gardens, participants will experience the intricate networks of mycelium that connect and support woodland life, in the exhibit that will use trees such as chestnut and fir. Douglas.
The garden will also include species used to warmer climates, to highlight how our plantings may have to change due to global warming.
While most of the show, which takes place in May on the grounds of the Royal Chelsea Hospital, typically focuses on what grows in the ground, the soil itself is the star of the new Blue Peter Garden.
Designer Juliet Sergeant hopes to “open the eyes of children and adults to the role of soil in supporting life and its potential to help our fight against climate change.”
The garden will feature an underground chamber, which will show soil-themed animation, and soil-themed art by the children of Salford. It also features a rooftop meadow and barley field with spotted common orchids and southern swamps and a two-ton rooftop tree planted, showing the wide variety of plants that good, healthy soil can support.
Also on display is a feed garden by Howard Miller, for the Alder Hey Children’s Hospital. The garden has a mobile foraging kitchen and is designed to help children engage in nature by foraging, sharing healthy food, playing, relaxing together and being in the nature. ‘present time.
The garden will feature a lot of heather and blueberries. Miller said: “One of my favorite childhood memories is picking blueberries with my grandparents, my grandfather Harold used to count 1000 blueberries in a bag before he allowed himself to talk to us. My grandmother Mary and I would sit and eat the blueberries while he wasn’t looking.
“The smell of sitting among the heather and blueberries transports me to that moment. So the take out that I wish people had is to try foraging, it’s free, it’s good for the soul, and it’s a great excuse to hook up with. nature and with each other. “