The initiative has been created in partnership with Sarah Gerrard-Jones, author of The Plant Rescuer, who won Gold for her houseplant studio ‘The Plant Clinic’ at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2022. Working alongside the RHS, Sarah is championing the idea of saving imperfect houseplants in an attempt to highlight the importance of sustainability in horticulture, as well as the benefits of gardening on mental wellbeing. The RHS Plant Rescue Box gives plants that might have been thrown away a second chance, and prevents valuable resources from being wasted.
The boxes will retail at between £10-20 and will each contain at least six houseplants that require a bit of TLC. Customers will not be able to see what’s in the box before purchasing but each one will contain a variety of indoor plants.
Houseplants have enjoyed a huge boom in popularity in recent years, particularly among those who lack outdoor space at home, and these affordable boxes will provide an accessible option to new customers looking to get started in indoor gardening without making a big financial investment.
The waste-reducing scheme will be rolled out just in time for the Houseplant Takeover – Deep Sea Dive at RHS Garden Wisley, so visitors can get inspired to create imaginative indoor displays of greenery, before picking up their very own starter kit to take home.
Sarah Gerrard-Jones, author of The Plant Rescuer:
“We’ve moved so far away from the ‘make do and mend’ mentality of previous generations that we have a tendency to chuck anything away, from faulty appliances and out-of-style clothing to vegetables and plants that are deemed imperfect. A culture obsessed with perfection leads to millions of healthy plants being discarded. The RHS Plant Rescue Box is a fantastic way to give wonky plants a second chance. The affordable boxes are a brilliant way of reducing wastage and making the industry more sustainable, and the rewards are great – with a little bit of love these houseplants will thrive and bring life to their new homes. Everyone’s a winner!”
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