Adopt a Hampton Court plant

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.

Adopt a Hampton Court plant

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.

The reuse initiative is part of the House of Wayward Plants, a long-term project run by Wayward that facilitates large-scale community plant exchanges and adoption events for unwanted plants. This will be the third year that Wayward is the Official Reuse Partner of the RHS, with more than 5000 plants going to more than 60 community spaces and school gardens this Spring alone.

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.

[Images supplied courtesy of Rosette Wilkinson]

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