Sparsholt College has partnered with Plant Heritage to tell the story of The People’s Plants for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2016
The garden will highlight the important work of the charity Plant Heritage, including their Plant Guardian Scheme, National Plant Collection® scheme and Threatened Plants Project and how people across the UK can become actively involved in conservation of cultivated plants from their own back garden, greenhouse, allotment or windowsill.
A team of 15 Horticulture students designed and created the garden which will feature a display divided into three main parts representing the past: the cultural heritage of cultivated plants , present: current National Plant Collections and future: potential new National Plant Collections and current Threatened Plants. Visitors to the world-famous flower show will see the exhibit in RHS Discovery, which aims to educate visitors as well as demonstrating high standards of plantsmanship.
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“Plant Heritage CEO, Sarah Quarterman said: “We are delighted to be partnering with and supporting the next generation of horticulturists from Sparsholt College with their garden at this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show.
“As a charity, we work with our members to safeguard the rich diversity of cultivated plants across the UK, through our different projects such as the Plant Guardian Scheme, National Plant Collection scheme and Threatened Plants Projects.
Sparsholt College Hampshire has a long history of Chelsea medal success achieving seven Gold medals, three Silver-gilt medals, four Silver medals, three Bronze medals since 1998.
For further information go to www.sparsholt.ac.uk or telephone 01962 776441.
For more information on the charity, to donate or to become a member, please visit www.plantheritage.com or call 01483 447540.
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