The Living Laboratory aimed to allow visitors to experience the RHS’s experimental urban scape, learning how plants, green spaces and gardening can benefit their lives in a whole host of unexpected ways. With urban areas generally being dense, fast paced environments predominantly made of sealed surfaces with diminishing vegetation areas, it is difficult to understand how the slower cycles of nature and gardening fit together. The Living Laboratory showcases how plants and gardening can be integrated into urban areas to provide us with environmental and health benefits and tackle many of the key issues presented by living in intensive environments.
The five themed zones consisted of: food, flooding, pollution, exercise and well-being. They all showed how plants can be used and explain what impact they have on the environment and the health benefits they bring to urban living. All the zones in the lab were based on the tireless commitment to research and gardening practices being undertaken by the RHS and its collaborators, and all included ideas that we hoped would inspire visitors to implement them in their own garden spaces, both now and in the future.