RHS Allotments

A feast for the eyes as well as the stomach, the RHS Allotments are small plots with big ideas, exploring grow your own remedies for health alongside delicious fruit and veg

Nature’s Haven Tea Garden

Nature’s Haven Tea Garden

Nature’s Haven

To celebrate the nation’s love of the humble cuppa, this ‘tea garden’ is filled with plants that heal – a theme reflected in the therapeutic community group they run in Berkshire. Every species grown here has a purpose, either as an edible tea crop or as sustenance for bees and other insects. An arch of Trachelospermum jasminoides AGM (star jasmine) is flanked by two raised beds, created to be accessible to those with mobility issues, and filled with plants suitable for a range of teas and tinctures. Passionflower, which helps to reduce insomnia, climbs over nettles, known for their anti-inflammatory properties; while eucalyptus is a known remedy for coughs and colds.

A Shared Experience

Ground Breaking Projects

This plot is a space of two halves, both of which are dedicated to the benefits of healthy eating, but each
in its own distinct way. The first section, aims to highlight how symptoms of menopause can be alleviated with a diet of fresh fruit and veg. In the second half, vegetables including kale and cauliflowers are grown to ward off illness. These traditional food crops are offset with acers and verdant Hakonechloa macra AGM (Japanese forest grass) to evoke the peaceful nature of a Japanese garden and encourage visitors to slow down and de-stress. Instead of plant names, symptoms of both menopause and prostate cancer are displayed on labels throughout the garden to spark conversations about shared experience.

Grow to learn: learn to grow

Bagshot Infant School

Proving the statement that children are tomorrow’s gardeners are the 60 Year 2 pupils from Bagshot Infant School, Surrey, who have designed and created this space as a reflection of their school garden. Fully accessible, the plot here is split into quadrants and features a strawberry bed, a grow-to-cook bed with yellow courgettes, a fruit and herb bed featuring Salvia microphylla ‘Cerro Potosí’ AGM (baby sage), and finally a seed bed. All plants on display here were either sown or produced from cuttings by the children themselves, while an ‘active area’ includes stations for making recycled newspaper plant pots, sowing seeds and transplanting seedlings. 

Be Our Guest Positive Conversation: Living Well With Arthritis

Arthritis Action

This plot highlights the proven benefits for physical and mental health that gardening and being a part of a community gardening group can have for people living with arthritis. To inspire positive conversations around living well with the condition, the garden is set around a dining table and chairs, themselves turned into raised beds that feature an array of traditional and popular veg varieties. The space was designed, grown and built by NHS staff from the Department of Rheumatology, Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust, alongside members of a local Arthritis Action community group in Hampshire.

Be Our Guest

The Found Garden

The Found Garden

Cultivate London 

It engages with residents to green up spaces and improve understanding of environmental and community needs. Split into four main zones, the plot here represents the circular society, an important part of Cultivate London’s workshop syllabus. Found and recycled materials and objects nestle among pollinator friendly plants such as Amaranthus caudatus (love-liesbleeding), Nigella damascena (love-in-a-mist) and Cyclanthera pedata (stuffing gourd) – which reflect the different growing environments in areas where the volunteers live. There’s also an urban orchard, while a central structural element represents residential blocks in and around Cultivate London’s community gardens.

Gateway to Health

Yasmin Allen & Kathryn Teo

The mouth is one of the primary mechanisms for improving our bodies’ microflora, yet typically forgotten or neglected when considering our overall health. Drawing on the designers’ art and design and dental backgrounds, this allotment space blends artistry with biology. An oversize mouth-like structure,  complete with gravel teeth and even ‘saliva’ pools, is a focal point, while gums and lips are represented in a palette of reds, such as Scabiosa atropurpurea (summer berries), and bronze, through Carex comans ‘Bronze Leaved’. Several mints, reminiscent of oral products, feature in an area of contemplation, while health-promoting edibles include tongue-like red chard, Glebionis coronaria (chop suey greens), celery and herbs.

Gateway to Health

The Kitchen Garden at The Pig

The Kitchen Garden at The Pig

The Pig Hotel 

With a passionate commitment to home-grown produce, the garden and kitchen teams at the boutique hotel group work hand-in-hand to serve visitors the finest produce from the walled Kitchen Garden, greenhouses and polytunnels that are unique to each PIG location. Anything they can’t grow on-site is provided by farmers and small producers within a 25-mile radius of each location to ensure they stick to their dedicated 25 mile menu. Inspired by these walled kitchen gardens, their allotment space here features raised beds filled with seasonal veg and salads including climbing French beans, sweetcorn and creeping savoury, as well as a colourful array of edible flowers that add colour, flavour and texture to any dish.

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