Pomegranate tree from Chelsea 2018 planted at RHS Garden Wisley

One of the pomegranate (Punica granatum) trees from the Lemon Tree Trust Garden at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018 has been donated to RHS Garden Wisley in Surrey, UK. The tree will form part of a new Mediterranean planting scheme inspiring visitors to try new plants in their own gardens.

Peter Jones, Garden Manager for Hardy Ornamental plants at RHS Garden Wisley, said:

“This beautiful old pomegranate has been planted next to our recently opened Stone Pine Café, which is located at the end of Howard’s Field and the pinetum. This is an area we have been developing greatly over the last 12 months. Most noticeably the complete redesign of the national heather collection and the planting of a new grass garden both of which will link to the Stone Pine Café. The planting around the café is purposely Mediterranean in style and planting, with a towering Pinus pinea being the key feature on the landscape. The pomegranate is a wonderful addition to the garden and we are very thankful to the Lemon Tree Trust for their donation.”

Alfonso Montiel, Chief Executive of the Lemon Tree Trust, said:

“It’s wonderful that one of the incredible pomegranate trees from our Chelsea show garden has found a permanent home at the RHS flagship garden in the UK. Following our inaugural appearance at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show earlier this year, and the successful seed donation programme we worked on together, we look forward to continuing a thriving working partnership with the RHS in the future.”

Photos courtesy of the Royal Horticultural Society.

Pomegranate is used widely in Syrian and Middle Eastern cooking and ancient, gnarled trees were chosen by Tom Massey for his Chelsea design for their symbolism and relevance to the theme. The Lemon Tree Trust Garden at Chelsea 2018 was the first ever garden at the show to be inspired by the resilience, determination and ingenuity of refugees. It highlighted the importance of gardens and gardening to the thousands of displaced people trying to rebuild their lives and shone a spotlight on the work of the Lemon Tree Trust in Domiz camp in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq.

For more information about the Lemon Tree Trust’s Chelsea 2018 garden click here.

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