The National Lottery awards the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) £4 million towards a five-year project that includes developing the world’s first National Centre for Horticultural Science and Learning, at its flagship RHS Garden Wisley, Surrey.
The new Centre will open to the public in 2020 and contain state-of-the-art research facilities and will enable us to conserve and showcase over one million nationally important science and heritage items. Among the items to be revealed will be a Chilean potato plant brought back by Charles Darwin in 1834, from which our modern potatoes are derived, and lavender collected in France in 1731.
Three new gardens covering almost three acres created by RHS Chelsea Flower Show gold-medal winning garden designers working alongside RHS scientists will surround it, acting as ‘living laboratories’: the Wildlife Garden, World Food Garden and Wellbeing Garden.
The project is part of the improvements at RHS Wisley which will also see the historic Grade 2 listed laboratories opening to the public.