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RHS Chelsea: Discovery Zone highlights

British Ecological Society
British Ecological Society's Delight in the Dark exhibit. Picture; RHS Media Image Collection

Don’t miss pioneering science in The Great Pavilion

The RHS Chelsea Flower Show (May 23-27) is justifiably known for its ground-breaking show gardens but don’t miss out on the pioneering science and technology aspects of the event.

In the Great Pavilion, the Discovery Zone makes a welcome return, featuring a range of interactive displays demonstrating the significance of science and research behind plants and the impact they have on our society.

Find out about the enigmatic nature of plants that thrive in the dark and enjoy scientific exhibits designed to educate children and adults alike, from cancer-busting properties to improving psychological health and the environment.

Here are the highlights of the Discovery Zone:

Plant. Grow. Survive: Inspired by the refugee crisis across the world, AutoPot Global Ltd has created a greenhouse that demonstrates how sustainable growing can be used where natural resources are limited. Designed to represent a camp, the exhibition explores the possibility of building greenhouses in, or near, refugee camps to enable them to ‘grow their own’ food.

Miracle Gro Come to Your Senses
Miracle Gro Come to Your Senses exhibit. Picture; RHS Media Image Collection

At Home with Plants: The benefits of plants in the home. Indoor Garden Design’s display looks at the benefits on psychological, emotional and general health. See how plants create a microclimate to clean everyday pollutants from the air.

Delight in the Dark: The British Ecological Society explores plants that flourish in the dark.

Come to Your Senses: Miracle-Gro has created an eco-therapy garden for children, focusing on the five senses. Aiming to challenge the sedentary nature of children’s lives, this exhibit showcases a natural environment that evokes all the senses to reduce stress and improve overall well-being.

Sparsholt College’s Mighty Greens: The benefits of edible plants used in salads, from the development of watercress as a street snack to its use in cutting-edge cancer prevention research.

The Animal and Plant Health Agency
The Animal and Plant Health Agency’s STEM Surrounds Us exhibit. Picture; RHS Media Image Collection

The Centre for Agriculture and Biosciences International (CABI): Natural solutions to the growing problem of invasive plants and their impact on our ecosystems and infrastructure.

Kew: Following their State of the World’s Plants report, Kew places the spotlight on new exciting plant discoveries.

The Animal and Plant Health Agency: Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) – how these skills are being used by government, businesses, and individuals to protect the country from threats to tree and plant health.

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Mandy Watson is a freelance journalist and an incurable plantaholic. MandyCanUDigIt grew from the tiny seed of a Twitter account into the rainforest of information you see before you. Gardening columnist for the Sunderland Echo, Shields Gazette and Hartlepool Mail and editor of the Teesdale Mercury Magazine. Attracted by anything rebellious, exotic and nerdy, even after all these years. Passionate about northern England and gardens everywhere. Falls over a lot.


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