Discovery Zone

Explore ideas shaping the future of horticulture at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show with exhibits from research groups, charities, artists and activists

Best Discovery Exhibit – Animal and Plant Health Agency

Asian Hornet – Stay Alert – Take Action – Protect Our Pollinators

Asian Hornet – Stay Alert – Take Action – Protect Our Pollinators

By Animal and Plant Health Agency

This exhibit vividly portrays the threat of the Asian Hornet to UK pollinators, particularly honeybees. By following the story of their spread through Europe, visitors can learn how to stay alert, take action and protect our pollinators with good biosecurity, to help protect the UK from harmful pests.

This is Root: Touch, Feel, Smell

By Rootfull

Rootfull is a material innovation company developing a new textile by guiding plant roots to ‘weave’ artefacts and surfaces. An innovation that fuses sustainability, creativity, and natural artistry, brought together by bio-designer, Zena Holloway.

Example of Rootfull material

All About Hedges exhibit

All About Hedges

By RHS Science

Hedges are a popular feature of our urban and suburban landscapes as perimeters of our gardens, parks, playgrounds and roads. This exhibit showcases a variety of hedge mixes as well as planting that offers further environmental benefits and is suitable for planting near to hedges.

Apia: Designed for Biodiversity

By Phyta Biodesign

An innovative exhibition showcasing Apia, the garden-wall system designed to create urban habitats for endangered solitary bee species. The exhibit’s theme revolves around fostering biodiversity and coexistence between human and non-human species in urban spaces.

Apia garden-wall system

Hadlow College, Grow Your Mind exhibit

Hadlow College – Grow Your Mind

By Hadlow College

With a floral carpet, a modern orchard, a tomato glasshouse and a public garden, this display shows the range of ways in which horticulture affects the modern world and how we plan to continue to sustain our future health and wellbeing.

Diversity is Queen

By Bumblebee Conservation Trust

This exhibit aims to increase understanding of the value of diversity in nature with four different bumblebee habitats. It demonstrates the value of their green spaces for conservation and explores the simple actions we can take to conserve bumblebees – a vital, keystone pollinator.

Diversity is Queen exhibit

Plants, Routes and Branches exhibit

Plants, Routes and Branches

By Sparsholt College

Plants, Routes and Branches explores the history of plant introductions from Hampshire while celebrating the impact of influential horticulturists and the role the college has played. The garden also looks to the future generation of horticulturists, exploring the numerous and exciting career routes they may follow.

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