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Future gardens

12 innovative designs will feature at Ist UK showcase for contemporary sustainable garden event

Future Gardens, the launch-pad of the ground-breaking Butterfly World Project near St Albans, has unveiled the 12 outstanding designs that will feature at its much anticipated inaugural designer garden event opening on 5th June 2009.

Future gardens

Each garden has an inventive and individual theme, with many inspired by nature's offering. Some of the designs are highly conceptual creations such as Tony Heywood's Anthroscape 3 which will question the definition of landscape by incorporating an extraordinary diverse range of garden styles. Many have a distinct intention to attract butterflies such as Marcus Green's For Cosmo, which aims to attract over 40 native different species.

While all of these gardens are designed to captivate, enthral and most importantly, attract native butterfly and insect species, the British Butterfly Garden in particular will display the most up-to the minute research into caterpillar food and nectar plants. There is also a garden dedicated to the late Dame Miriam Rothschild. This garden will be a tribute to her work as a scientific advisor to the project.

The Butterfly World Project will see its annual Future Gardens event showcase the highly creative and forward-thinking designs for four months every year. Visitors to the 26 acre site near St Albans will be able to see and appreciate how gardens mature and evolve through the season.

Future Gardens will be open to the public from 5th June to 4th October 2009 and will reopen in June 2010. The world's largest butterfly dome will be installed in 2011, completing the £25 million world-class visitor attraction, which will then be open twelve months of the year.

Tickets and location

Tickets for Future Gardens can be purchased in advance or on the day. For advanced tickets please email visitors@futuregardens.org

Adults £12.50
Children (under 16) £5.00
Senior/Conc £9.50
Family (2 ad/2 ch) £32.00
Groups (10+) ad £11/conc £8/ch £4.00

Under 3's free

Seasonal membership available.
For further information please email visitors@futuregardens.org

Opening Times

We are open from 5th June 2009 - 4th October 2009
9am - 6pm 7 days a week


Future Gardens
Miriam Lane
Off Noke Lane
Chiswell Green
Herts AL3 3NY