All About Us:
Welcome to our blog which will keep you updated on all the highs and lows of our journey towards exhibiting a garden at a Royal Horticultural Society show! Please subscribe and use this to be nosey, to learn how to go about attempting your own project with the RHS, understand the importance of our garden’s message and to just keep up to date.
We are two sisters under the age of 25 years aiming to break many traditional show garden moulds in 2015. We will prove that horticulture is also a younger generation’s interest, that an all female team can succeed and that it is all possible without horticultural qualifications.
Our project builds on our natural skills and interests which makes this project fun and full of passion! Caitlin, currently 24, is using her scientific background in Crop Wild Relatives to approach a typical show garden from an alternative angle to help us stand out and to ensure our important message is heard by all (@Caitlin_125). Tessa, 21, is embracing her overly organised and prepared disposition to complete the research and bureaucratic elements associated with the project (@Tessa_125).
The ultimate aim is Chelsea Flower Show, but for now we are taking on all the other RHS shows in the event calendar.
All About the Project:
Our core theme and design focuses on encouraging the identification and protection of UK wild plants that have genetic relationships with our economically important crop plants, such as oats, wheat, and strawberries. Known in the scientific community as Crop Wild Relatives, these plants contain a wealth of genetic traits, such as drought tolerance, which breeding with commercial crop varieties can help to tackle the issues associated with climate change. However as they are traditionally considered weeds they are overlooked and in need of conservation. The UK summer this year was particularly hot and this temperature stress affects many of the crop plants we rely on for food security, but utilisation of related crops in breeding programs can ‘future proof’ these crops against climate change.
To reduce our carbon footprint associated with this garden we will only be using plants which should naturally be flowering at the time of the show. In addition to support the local economy we are engaging with independent and family run businesses to undertake this project with us.