The Meta’s Chelsea Flower Show garden responds to human touch.


Meta unveiled the Main Avenue Gardens at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, designed by landscape architect Joe Perkins.

Inside “Meta Garden: A Growing Future” is a pavilion structure that represents a network of mycelium (fungi) that connects and supports life in the woodland, and a central seating area submerged in the environment.

A unique digital installation called “Hyphae” responds and interacts with human touch to visualize nature’s complex web of communication, illuminating the magic of fungi and the power of mycelial networks.

The installation was created in collaboration between Cinimod Studio, an experiential design firm featuring LEDflex and Sacha Molyneux, and Chelsea Flower Show gold medalist Joe Perkins.

The naturalistic gardens also include stylized meadows and you’ll find nearly 3,000 plant species native to England and around the world.

The Garden’s Message is focused on protecting Britain’s forests and forests for future generations and is designed to highlight the important relationships between soil, fungi and plants that together form the basis of resilient forest ecosystems.

The colorful planting schemes in white, yellow, purple and red feature climate change-threatening specimens such as linnaea borealis and specimens well-suited to predicted future climatic conditions such as sweet chestnuts and Douglas fir. Alder also has the ability to provide nitrogen to the soil for use by other species.

The gardens are relocated from the National Forest after the Chelsea Flower Show as part of the Queen’s Green Canopy campaign, with a focus on planting trees to celebrate Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

To bring the garden to life, Meta worked with gardener and TV host Daisy Payne to create a new interactive augmented reality flower crown. You can see this flower on Facebook and Instagram.

Perkins, who previously won three awards for his Chelsea debut for his “Space to Grow” garden in 2019, said: “There is an urgent need to rebalance our relationship with the natural world and there is too much work to be done. Supporting sustainable forest ecosystems We learn from nature’s connections, both in person on platforms like Facebook and Instagram, or by gathering as communities to combat climate change and learn how to preserve it.

“Garden’s focus on the symbiotic relationship between trees, plants, and the mycorrhizal systems on which they depend seeks to demonstrate the need for connections and how important it is to the health of all communities.”

Steve Hatch, Meta’s Vice President of Northern Europe, said: “‘Meta garden: A Growing Future’ is about advocating for natural solutions to climate change and how we can protect our wonderful British forests.

“During the pandemic, we saw a boom in plant enthusiasts across the UK. Individuals and communities come together in places like Facebook groups and Instagram to share tips, get inspiration and educate themselves on how to learn plants from nature. Make more sustainable decisions for the planet.”

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