RHS International Year of Plant Health Garden

Feature Gardens

This garden draws attention to the problems surrounding biosecurity and plant health and demonstrates how these issues could, and are, affecting our gardens and the wider landscape.

The garden is divided into two areas separated by gate houses and a central paved area. Inside the buildings is an exhibit of some of the most important pests and diseases currently threatening the UK.

At first glance the garden's design looks like a traditional British garden. On closer inspection, one side contains plants that are at risk from pests and diseases. The opposite side is planted with a greater diversity of plants that are less prone to pests and diseases and demonstrates how our future gardens may look.

At each end of the design is an ode to the countryside to remind us that these problems go beyond our gardens.

With thanks to UK Research & Innovation, BRIGIT Project, Horticultural Trades Association, Arboricultural Association, Scottish Forestry, Scottish Government, Welsh Government.

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