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Times Eureka Garden with the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

By garden designer Marcus Barnett. The Times Eureka Garden, in association with the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, aims to showcase the significance of plants to science and society.

Times Eureka Garden with the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew by garden designer Marcus Barnett Chelsea Flower Show 2011

The species chosen demonstrate both beauty and utility and many have medicinal, commercial, and industrial uses, emphasising the invaluable role plants play in our everyday lives.

Times Eureka Garden with the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew by garden designer Marcus Barnett Chelsea Flower Show 2011

Planting is divided into three main types. First, there is a light-filtering canopy of Pinus sylvestris and Betula doorenbos. These trees also provide scale and a counterpoint to the central timber structure. Secondly, the loosely clipped Taxus boundary hedge introduces form and height. Lastly, texture and colour are provided by small shrubs and perennial planting which is informal in style to create movement and light and shadow. Many of the plants used will have benefits and uses to society, some of which are described below.


Times Eureka Garden with the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew by garden designer Marcus Barnett Chelsea Flower Show 2011

The plants that feature in the garden have been chosen according to both their aesthetic nature and their contribution to society. These include Foxgloves (DIGITALIS x mertonensis), which can be used in the treatment for cardiac disease, and Geraniums (GERANIUM sanguineum), often used as a diuretic and to treat kidney complaints. Other plants that will be used are Salvias (SALVIA blancoana), which is used as a treatment for diseases of the Central Nervous System, and Roses (ROSA webbiana), commonly used by the cosmetics industry and by drinks manufacturers.

Colours range from greens to soft pinks and purples with subtle reds and pale whites, punctuated by crisp blues and yellows.

Plant list:


Alchemilla mollis
Angelica archangelica
Aquilegia vulgaris var. stellata 'Nora Barlow' (Barlow Series)
Geranium himalayense 'Gravetye'
Acanthus mollis
Achillea 'Moonshine'
Centranthus ruber 'Albus'
Euphorbia amygdaloides var. robbiae
Dryopteris filix-mas
Dryopteris wallichiana
Geranium sanguineum
Foeniculum vulgare
Iris 'Jane Phillips'
Cirsium rivulare 'Atropurpureum'
Allium siculum bulgaricum
Lavandula angustifolia 'Munstead'
Knautia macedonica
Epimedium x rubrum
Lathyrus vernus
Centaurea montana
Euphorbia griffithii 'Fireglow'
Melissa officinalis var. aurea
Geranium phaeum 'Samobor'
Lysimachia ciliata 'Firecracker'
Helleborus x sternii
Heuchera americana 'Green Spice'
Aquilegia vulgaris var. stellata 'Ruby Port'
Eryngium agavifolium
Geranium sylvaticum 'Mayflower'
Knautia macedonica 'Mars Midget'
Santolina pinnata 'Edward Bowles'
Primula bulleyana
Geranium 'Brookside'
Polemonium 'Bressingham Purple'
Salvia x sylvestris 'Schneehugel'
Helleborus orientalis Lamarck. subsp. guttatus 'White Form'
Epimedium x perralchicum 'Frohnleiten'
Dianthus carthusianorum
Bergenia 'Baby Doll'
Digitalis purpurea f. albiflora (Thompson & Morgan)
Euphorbia wallichii
Nepeta subsessilis 'Nimbus'
Salvia nemorosa 'Caradonna'
Geranium sylvaticum 'Album'
Nepeta longipes
Filipendula ulmaria 'Aurea'
Iris 'Langport Wren'
Paeonia lactiflora 'Jan van Leeuwen'
Salvia blancoana
Astrantia major
Primula beesiana
Verbascum bombyciferum 'Arctic Summer'
Aquilegia vulgaris var. stellata 'Blue Barlow' (Barlow Series)
Iris 'Action Front'
Filipendula rubra 'Venusta'
Persicaria affinis 'Darjeeling Red'
Milium effusum 'Aureum'
Centaurea montana 'Alba'
Verbascum 'Spica'
Verbascum phoeniceum 'Violetta'
Doronicum orientale 'Magnificum'
Lychnis flos-cuculi 'White Robin'
Deschampsia cespitosa
Iris sibirica 'Dreaming Yellow'
Iris 'White City'
Eryngium bourgatii
Astrantia major 'Gill Richardson'
Iris 'Sparkling Rose'
Iris 'Lemon Ice'
Digitalis x mertonensis 'Summer King'
Origanum vulgare 'Thumble's Variety'
Campanula lactiflora 'Platinum'



Taxus baccata
Viburnum opulus
Rosa glauca
Myrtus communis
Pittosporum tobira
Rosa canina
Sambucus nigra
Rosmarinus officinalis
Viburnum plicatum f. tomentosum 'Nanum Semperflorens'


Pinus sylvestris
Betula utilis var. jacquemontii 'Doorenbos'