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When everybody is planting apples a visionary plants oranges.

Matshona Dhliwayo

B&Q tower Edible Green Wall, RHS Chelsea 2011

  • London, United Kingdom
  • 2011
  • For Willerby Landscapes
  • 40m2

Project Details

  • RHS Chelsea Gold Medal award
  • Functional tower structure
  • Edible Green wall

Working with Patrick Collins and Laurie Chetwood, designers of the B&Q show garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2011, Biotecture provided a 9 metre tall edible green wall tower for the award-winning edible garden. The concept for the herb tower was vertical allotment gardening – B&Q hoped to inspire people to grown their own veggies, even with limited outdoor space. Herbs grown in the living wall tower included basil, thyme, camomile, silver posie and golden marjoram. Plant boxes at each level contained tomatoes and sweet peppers. The herb wall was fully irrigated for the duration of the Chelsea Flower Show, and the tower was functional, allowing visitors a superb birds’ eye view of the show. To see another example of a show garden where we have worked with the garden designer to supply and install the living wall feature visit our 'Embroidered Minds Epilepsy Garden' Portfolio Page.

The tower is the element most people will talk about, and rightly, as it brings a new concept of planting and greening to the city.

Chris Young Editor of 'The Garden', Royal Horticultural Society website