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London Office Plants at the Chelsea Flower Show 2011

The Chelsea Flower Show is finally here and the latest and greatest London Office Plants are on show in the Grand Pavilion. This year as ever, Her Majesty the Queen visited Chelsea on press day, causing quite a stir in her hair net.


Chelsea is bigger than ever this year, which is testament to the size of the horticultural industry. The Grand Pavilion at Chelsea is 12,000 square feet and is absolutely packed with the latest and best plants in Britain. But what makes the horticultural industry a £162 billion global industry?

The answer may go back to our evolutionary roots. People want to be surrounded by green spaces, be that in urban spaces, in their own gardens or in the workplace. Our evolutionary response the the urban environment is to feel better in green spaces. People want to be situated in calmer, more natural environments. Companies which have realised this and have used office plants to make their work environments greener and more natural have seen productivity and employee satisfaction rise and absenteeism and employee sickness fall.

In London Office Plants are one way of greening the work place. By simulating the natural environment in the work place we are are satiating our evolutionary needs. This is also in evidence as urban planners realise that green space has to be incorporated into new developments in our towns and cities.

Chelsea Flower Show Wild Garden

The Royal Bank of Canada New Wild Garden at Chelsea demonstrates this. A shipping container sits within a garden of naturalistic planting and shows no matter how hard or industrial the environment may be, it can be completely transformed with planting.

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