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The Key Garden (Eden Project) by Paul Stone

The Key garden is the product of a unique and ambitious collaboration between the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA), Communities and Local Government (CLG), the Eden Project, Homeless Link and the London Employer Accord (LEA).

The key garden - chelsea 2009

Homeless people and prisoners around the country grew most of the 10,000 plants needed for the garden. The idea behind it is that it echoes the life journeys that people make. It is a catalyst for long-term change and ongoing work, by increasing employment prospects for the participants who have gained new life skills and training through their involvement in the project.

The key - chelsea flower show 2009

Designed by Paul Stone of the Eden Project with Architecture sans Frontières-UK, it highlights the work of Places of Change, an £80m capital improvement programme funded by CLG and managed by the HCA, which seeks to improve services for people who are homeless. It also reflects the support and involvement of the LEA to create greater work opportunities for homeless and excluded people.

The key - chelsea flower show 2009

The Key aims to be completely sustainable. All the materials used are from recycled or sustainable sources. After the show the garden will be broken down and re-used.

The key - chelsea flower show 2009

Plants list

Homeless people and prisoners around the country grew most of the 10,000 plants needed for the garden. These included:

Athyrium
Choisya
Deschampsia
Euryops
Fragaria
Fuchsia
Heuchera
× Heucherella
Impatiens
Libertia
Lomandra
Origanum
Petroselinum
Polypodium
Rosmarinus
Salvia
Silene
Stipa
Tiarella
Verbascum