have officially been
accepted to exhibit a 'Festival' category show garden as part of the
prestigious Royal Horticultural
Society’s Malvern Spring Festival, 7 - 10th May 2015.
Caitlin and I have caught the attention of the RHS through our unconventional approach to creating a show garden, using our natural creativity, passion and scientific background. We are an all-female team under the age of 25, breaking the mould of a 'traditional' RHS exhibitor. The judges have been extremely positive about our designs so far, praising the concept and the contrast between wild planting and urban-inspired hard landscaping.
Our show garden's
message and focus is on the conservation of UK Crop Wild Relatives
(CWRs). These are wild plants related to major food crops, such as wheat
and barley, and hold a wealth of genetic traits, for example drought tolerance,
which are essential for future food security. However as they are
traditionally considered weeds they are overlooked and in need of conservation.
Using these species within traditional breeding programs and
cross-breeding with cultivated varieties can help alleviate the pressures of
climate change, pests and diseases. This garden will highlight key UK CWR
species, their importance, and also the need for identification and targeted
conservation in genetic reserves. Our garden message will take traditional
conservation targeted show gardens a step further by focusing on why these
plants are important not just for UK biodiversity but also for providing a
sustainable food future for us.
We have budgeted for the whole garden to cost £7,000 and have been lucky enough to receive £3,000 from the RHS. It is up to us to raise the rest of the funds! We have created partnerships with up-and-coming construction teams to reduce the costs significantly and will only use UK native plants. Your money will go towards covering the costs of plants, hard landscaping, construction and excavations, accommodation, and transport. We will be taking time away from work to undertake this project but will not be taking an income from the sponsorship as we want to put everything into ensuring this garden is the best it can be!
Together with your pledges we can make this dream a reality and you can join us on our journey by taking part and becoming sponsors.
Risks and challenges
As we only have access to the Three Counties Showground in Malvern a week and a half before the show date, it will be all hands on deck for the 'big build'. The consultation reward will take place from the beginning of June. Photographs of the garden at Malvern and copies of the design will also be sent out from June, once printed.
Free tickets will be received in enough time prior to your visit to the show, but we will only be able to send them out to you all once the RHS have released them.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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