TV and radio presenter and keen gardener Jo Whiley has been working with Alan Williams from Landform Consultants, whose Parsley Box Garden won the People’s Choice Award at RHS Chelsea Flower Show in 2021. Together they have created the event’s first RHS feature garden, the Vitamin G Garden, which will demonstrate the mental, physical and social benefits to be had from growing plants in and around the home.
The pair have liaised with Professor Alistair Griffiths and Dr Lauriane Chalmin-Pui of the RHS Science team to bring their evidence-based research to life in the Vitamin G Garden, which will be a walk-through garden set against the borrowed landscape of the glorious Malvern Hills.
The design will reflect the idea of gardens serving as calming and relaxing oases but also exciting spaces that inspire social interaction, as evidenced by RHS health and horticulture research.
Visitors will also have the opportunity to take part in ongoing RHS science research in which they’ll be asked to indicate their preferences for flower colour and petal shape, helping to inform a planting blueprint for wellbeing gardens.
There will also be codes that can be scanned for information on the plant combinations used with links to nurseries selling them within the showground.