Celebrating the benefits of plants with The Great Escape industry exhibit

The Great Escape, the garden industry exhibit spearheaded by the HTA at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, will highlight some of the ways in which people of all ages enjoy their outdoor space – for relaxing, growing, playing, engaging with nature with supporting information about the benefits that this brings.

Designed by horticulturalist and broadcaster Chris Collins and built by JWL Landscapes, the exhibit highlights the benefits of being outside and different ways to enjoy your garden. The garden is into four zones – The Orb Den, the Urban Garden, the Outdoor Gym and the Summerhouse. It shows the real benefits that this brings from an educational, health and well-being perspective.

It’s a fact
– Roughly 250 calories are burned per how of low intensity gardening.
– If they grow it, they will eat it – many studies have found that kids are more likely to eat fruit and vegetables if they help to grow them.
– Asthma is 23% less prevalent in residential areas that are 90% ‘green’.

The Great Escape exhibit will feature five plants that will be entered into RHS Chelsea Plant of the Year Awards. The new plants are:
Berberis thunbergii ‘Orange Sunrise’ from Seoint Nurseries
Calendula PowerDaisy Tango (PowerDaisy Series), from Kerley & Co
Calibrachoa MiniFamous Double PinkTastic (‘Kleca18085’) (MiniFauismous Series), from Fluroselect
Gerbera Garvinea Sweet Sunset (Garvinea Sweet Series), from Florist BV
Phormium cookianum subsp. hookeri ‘Blondie’, from Wyevale Nurseries.

The exhibit shows how outdoor spaces can be enjoyable, relaxing and fun for all ages. With National Children’s Gardening Week taking place between 26 May – 3 June it highlights how to engage young people in outdoor projects. This includes the Beebot – the winning entry of the design a robot composter competition from Kershaws Garden Centre.

Further project ideas can be found on the National Children’s Gardening Week website at www.childrensgardeningweek.co.uk

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