The widely respected Royal Horticultural Society is being promoted, stepping out of the shadows and entering the forefront of horticultural science.This British The first dedicated Horticultural Science Center is opening at RHS Garden Wisley in Surrey. It will showcase educational opportunities and scientific work in the horticultural field.
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By WilkinsonEyre Architecture, RHS Hilltop – The Home of gardening Science is located in the areas of science laboratories and classrooms, public exhibition spaces, event halls and science libraries. All of this is surrounded by a four-acre garden used as a “living laboratory”.
The new Garden Science Center not only provides 70 RHS scientists And students can use first-class laboratory facilities, but it allows visitors and school children to watch live experiments and talk directly with scientists about their work.
The Horticultural Science House has a large collection of dried plant, Insects, books and art can be traced back more than five centuries and represent the most complete record of British horticultural heritage.
With the recent blockade There is a renewed interest in gardening; RHS Hilltop has inspired this interest, hoping to inspire a new generation of scientists and backyard gardeners in the field.
Of course, the science happening here is not only concerned with plants, but also how global land and climate issues can benefit from them.For example, RHS is addressing how plants can help Pollution, Floods and urban heating. Research to improve the well-being of humans and animals and combat climate change is also underway.
Visitors to the center can explore the outdoor gardens or admire them while sipping a drink on the sky terrace.These gardens include the health garden outside the main entrance, the world vegetable garden facing west, and the east facing garden. wild animals garden. The food served in the cafe comes directly from the garden outside.
One side of the building is a laboratory, and the other side is an education room. The choice of exterior and interior colors and natural materials is still simple, focusing on the content inside and out. Sustainably sourced sweet chestnuts are used outside to pay tribute to nature. Architectural elements And the surrounding vegetation contributes to the natural cooling of the room.
Geoff Turner, Deputy Director of WilkinsonEyre, said: “The new center is designed to be integrated with the working garden and provide a central hub for the scientific community at RHS Garden Wisley and the millions of visitors who come every year. We hope it will be important for ongoing Work to provide the best facilities and inspire more public participation in the world Gardening Science and its importance to a green future. “
Photography © Oliver Dixon for RHS