One of the complaints levelled at the big garden shows is that they create a lot of waste. Gardeners particularly don’t like the idea of perfectly good plants being treated as disposable, and ending up in a skip at the end of the show. It’s something many of the shows have been working on over the last few years, and things do seem to be improving.
And this year you can give them a hand and adopt a plant (for free!) that recently featured at RHS Hampton Court. Now that their 15 minutes of fame are over, the plants need a forever home. A team of volunteers have collected several thousand plants and other materials. This is a collaboration between landscape architecture and art practice, Wayward, the National Trust and the Royal Horticultural Society.
On Friday 27th and Saturday 28th July, visitors to the National Trust’s Morden Hall Park in London will have the opportunity to adopt a plant for free. They’ll be asked to fill out a Wayward Plant adoption form, explaining how they will care for the plant and where it will live.
Morden Hall Park’s young volunteers will use some of the recycled plants to design their own show gardens, which will open for public viewing on Saturday 21st July to celebrate the start of London National Park City Week, and will remain in place throughout the summer before the plants are rehomed permanently to community spaces.