Do you ever wonder what happens to all the plants after a flower show? Well, this summer, the beautiful plants at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show are being giving a lasting legacy at Morden Hall Park thanks to landscape architecture and art practice, Wayward, the National Trust and the Royal Horticultural Society.
Giving plants a loving home
An important part of any RHS Show is how it will live on. This innovative plant recycling scheme will allow several thousands of plants and materials from one of the world’s most prestigious flower shows to be rehomed.
Visit Morden Hall Park to adopt a plant
This year the National Trust’s Morden Hall Park will host the rehomed plants. On 27th and 28th July, the public can come to Morden Hall Park and adopt a plant for free.
Think you have what it takes to be a plant parent? Fill out a Wayward Plant adoption form, stating how you’ll care for the plant and where it will live. This will give you the opportunity to rehome one of the beautiful plants from the Hampton Court Place Flower Show. Wouldn’t that make a great talking point at your next garden party?
Involving the community
Reusing these fantastic plants, Morden Hall Park’s young volunteers, as part of the Green Academies Project, will attempt to design their own show gardens. The displays will showcase the practical skills the young people have learnt through volunteering with the National Trust. It will be an opportunity for them to hone their skills before creating permanent planting
displays in the community spaces where they live.
Alongside them will be a group of unaccompanied asylum seeking people aged 16-18. These young people have been creating a nature area at Tooting and Mitcham Football Club. This is all while gaining accredited AQA certificates in outdoor practical skills.
The Morden Hall Park show gardens will open for public viewing on Saturday 21st July. This is to celebrate the start of London National Park City Week. They will remain in place throughout the summer before the plants are rehomed permanently to community spaces. During London National Park City Week (21st – 29th July), many of these recycled plants will also be adopted by local schools and community gardens.
Will you visit Morden Hall Park to adopt a plant? Tell me in the comments section!