Homeless people to design Chelsea Flower Show display

A display at this years Chelsea Flower Show will be designed by a group of disadvantaged gardeners, it has been revealed.

Horticulturalists and designers from the Eden Project – a giant glass house in Cornwall – have joined forces with the charity Homeless Link to create a wall of plants at the annual event.

The display, which will include soft fruit, vegetables, herbs and ornamentals such as common herbaceous perennials, periwinkle, saxifrage, succulents and mosses, is being fashioned with the assistance of homeless volunteers attached to the Shekinah Mission in Plymouth.

According to Howard Jones, Edens director of human networks, this should help it stand apart from other gardens at the annual event in Chelsea.

"We are involving many people now living in hostels and prisons in providing the plants and the skills to make this unique garden," he commented.

"The theme of the garden will be that investment in people must be seen as a solution and not a cost."

It was announced recently (Tuesday, March 3rd) that Razorlight would be playing at the Eden Project on July 9th as part of the Eden Sessions.