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The RHS & BBC Gardeners’ Question Time Bloomin’ Healthy Garden

Garden Feature

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  • A discovery zone, which includes petri dishes full of common pests and diseased plants to view under microscopes, allows visitors to explore and understand the common problems that blight the UK's gardens
  • Four raised beds, planted with vegetables, represent how rotating crops regularly can reduce the build up of spores and pests in the soil, keeping plants healthy
  • A border that includes roses, foxgloves and lupins has been planted to attract beneficial insects, while providing plenty of shelter for pest-munching mammals such as hedgehogs. This section of the garden reveals the role that wildlife can play in pest control

About the garden

Set behind the dry stone walls of a Derbyshire country garden, this feature explores why gardeners should be concerned about plant health.

A gravel path leads the visitor past a greenhouse, vegetable garden, potting shed and plant-holding area before opening out to a generously planted border full of mixed herbaceous plants. Multi-stemmed silver birch trees provide dappled shade and in this area visitors can see a hedgehog house, a wooden water barrel feature and a bug hotel.

A central wooden barn entices the visitor to interact with displays and examine pest and disease specimens to learn more about the old foes and new arrivals threatening our gardens. As the visitor explores, they pass information boards and listening posts narrated by the Gardeners' Question Time team, which provide top tips on a range of plant health problems.

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The Royal Horticultural Society is the UK’s leading gardening charity. We aim to enrich everyone’s life through plants, and make the UK a greener and more beautiful place.