Saturday 30 July 2016

Chelsea Flower Show plants rescued for 'floating garden'

Farmopolis "floating" gardenImage copyrightJAMES WICK
Image captionThe organisers adopted 15,000 plants from the Chelsea Flower Show
Tens of thousands of plants and flowers salvaged from this year's Chelsea Flower Show have been used to create a "floating garden" in south-east London.
Farmopolis has been made using about 15,000 plants adopted from the RHS show in May which have been planted on a derelict jetty on Greenwich Peninsula.
Those behind the project said they wanted to create a "hub centred around farming" above the Thames.
The garden, which has no entrance fee, will open to the public on 30 July.
It has been developed through a partnership between event organiser Secret Productions, arts and architecture practice Wayward, and landowners Greenwich Peninsula.
Farmopolis Image copyrightJAMES WICK
Image captionFarmopolis has a capacity of up to 500 people
Flowers at Chelsea Flower ShowImage copyrightGETTY IMAGES
Image captionThousands of plants, as seen here at this year's RHS Chelsea Flower Show...
Flowers in Farmopolis
Image caption... can now be found on the jetty in Greenwich Peninsula
Jo Vidler, director of Secret Productions, said part of the difficulty had been keeping flowers that had been grown specially for Chelsea alive, as many are out of season.
"The gardeners are really enjoying the challenge I think," she said.
Organisers also said they hoped to develop the area into a working urban farm.
"We have a lot of ambition around food growing, but we're starting with plants and flowers," Wayward's Heather Ring said.
People visiting FarmopolisImage copyrightJAMES WICK
Image captionEvents like an edible hat making workshop will be held over summer
Plants in Image copyrightJAMES WICK
Image captionGardeners and volunteers will look after the space
View of FarmopolisImage copyrightJAMES WICK
Image captionFarmopolis is based near to the O2 arena and Emirates cable car
The garden will be open between 10:00 and 22:00 BST, Monday to Friday.
At the weekend, visitors can see the flowers between 10:00 and 0:00 on Saturday, and 10:00 and 11:00 on Sunday.