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Cancer Research UK’s Life Garden

Cancer research UK creates first ever virtual realisty tribute garden at RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show

Cancer Research UK’s Life Garden RHS Hampton Court

CANCER Research UK will be creating the first ever virtual reality tribute garden at RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show this summer to thank and celebrate to those who have left a gift in their Will to the charity.

Visitors to the Show Garden will be invited to walk into a stunning physical space created by designer Antonia Young, which will use Echinacea, Alliums, Geraniums and Hemerocallis as core flowers, alongside more naturalistic planting representing a classic British hedgerow or woodland edge. Visitors will then be given the opportunity to put on a headset and be transported to the virtual reality tribute garden.

Eye catching visuals and sounds will bring to life a multi-sensory, immersive experience for each visitor. Designed to be a peaceful and reflective space, the virtual reality garden will feature over 100,000 flowers - one for each person who has remembered the charity in this way.

Cancer Research UK’s Life Garden RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2016

Mirrors in the physical space will hint at the expanse of the virtual garden and the colour palette of pinks, purples and white will be echoed across both.

Garden designer Antonia Young said: "I am honored to be designing Cancer Research UK's Life Garden. I wanted to keep the design simple - bright and beautiful vibrant planting through the middle of the garden will contrast with much more naturalistic planting around the edge that supports our native wildlife. The planting will reflect the images seen in the virtual reality experience, and mirrors at the end of the garden will give the sense of the landscape stretching away into infinity.

Cancer Research UK’s Life Garden RHS Hampton Court

"Cancer has directly affected my family and friends and I feel incredibly lucky that we live in an age where more people are surviving than ever before. This wouldn't be possible without legacy gifts left to Cancer Research UK, so this garden is a thank you to those people, and their families - a celebration of their lives reflected in a beautiful garden."

Plant List:

Hero Flowers:

Allium 'Globemaster'
Hemerocallis 'Bela Lugosi'
Allium stipitatum 'Mount Everest'
Geranium 'Lilac Ice'
Echinacea purpurea 'PowWow Wild Berry' (PowWow Series)



Betula pendula 'Swiss Glory'


Other Flowers:

Achillea millefolium
Brachypodium sylvaticum
Silene alba
Daucus carota
Alopecurus pratensis
Cymbalaria muralis
Trifolium pratense
Polemonium caeruleum var. lacteum
Geranium sylvaticum
Deschampsia cespitosa
Sesleria caerulea
Filipendula vulgaris
Arrhenatherum elatius
Holcus mollis 'Albovariegatus'
Thymus polytrichus subsp. britannicus 'Thomas's White'