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The Phytosanctuary Garden

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At first glance, this garden is a beautiful and desirable space awash with ornamental grasses and a palette of fragrant perennials evocative of the Mediterranean. But look beyond its fragile beauty and a darker message is revealed – the growing threat of the deadly plant disease Xylella.

The focal point of the garden is a graceful multistemmed Olea europaea (olive) – a tree that has been devastated by the disease throughout southern Europe.

Similarly, the Lavandula (lavender), and Prunus lusitanica (Portugal laurel) hedge are also ‘at-risk’ species that have been severely affected by Xylella. Art on the wall illustrates how Xylella affects the infected plant.

The role of gardeners and the scientific community in responding to the threat posed by Xylella is explored in an adjoining display describing the BRIGIT project and the Defra and Animal and Plant Health Agency’s Don’t Risk It! campaign.

Supported by BRIGIT, BSPP, APHA.

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