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Witan Investment Trust PLC Global Growth Garden

Inspired by the new, exciting Witan Investment Trust PLC Global Growth Garden project at RHS Hyde Hall (opening Spring 2017), this garden seeks to demonstrate the fabulous selection of edible plants from the World over which can be grown in the UK. Some are familiar but which, many may not know, have an edible element (e.g. dahlias and hostas) and some will be completely new and different.

Witan Investment Trust PLC Global Growth Garden Hampton Court Flower Show 2016

Derived from the circular nature of the garden at RHS Hyde Hall, the design is formed around a double helical path along which the visitor will travel, experiencing the colours, scents and textures of a beautiful yet edible garden.

At the centre of the garden is a beautiful sculpture formed from leaves. The garden is framed with a grass covered landform. Witan is keen that the Global Growth Garden be welcoming and engaging for a wide range of visitors. The variation in plants and colours reflects the diversity and specialisms of Witan’s external managers within an holistic design, faithful to the company’s calm stewardship of its shareholders through turbulent markets to achieve long term growth in capital and income via active investment in global equities.

Witan Investment Trust PLC Global Growth Garden Hampton Court Flower Show 2016

The inclusion of edible plants and flowers links to Witan’s sponsorship of the RHS Hyde Hall vegetable garden and the allusion to trees reflects Witan’s age, experience and authority, having been around since 1909. The designer, Jane Bailey, has a keen interest in unusual edibles and grows many experimentally on her own allotment.

Witan Investment Trust PLC Global Growth Garden RHS Hampton Court Flower Show 2016

The colour scheme progresses throughout the design, starting with a soft, relatively unstructured planting of cool, calm blues and whites (the sponsor’s colours) punctuated with bay balls. Plants include herbs (Achillea ageratum, Hyssopus officinalis, Clinipodium vulgare). This progresses through to pinks and purples (Salvia officinalis, Calamintha grandiflora and Chenopodium giganteum), culminating in hot reds, yellows and oranges of dahlias, hemerocallis and cannas, many of which are predominantly from the southern hemisphere. The plants reflect the broad diversity and specialisms of the Witan brand. In the central area of the garden the multistem amelanchier trees are underplanted with cool whites and greens of hostas, ostrich ferns, sweet woodruff and claytonia.

Edible Plants List:

Aloysia triphylla
Amelanchier lamarckii
Atriplex hortensis var. rubra
Elaeagnus x ebbingei
Calamintha grandiflora
Hyssopus officinalis
Salvia officinalis 'Purpurascens'
Monarda didyma
Myrrhis odorata
Myrtus communis
Juglans regia
Laurus nobilis
Melissa officinalis
Cordyline australis
Foeniculum vulgare 'Purpureum'
Lavandula angustifolia 'Munstead'
Hosta sieboldiana var. elegans
Salvia officinalis 'Tricolor'
Petroselinum crispum
Fuchsia 'Riccartonii'
Allium cernuum
Feijoa sellowiana
Punica granatum var. nana
Matteuccia struthiopteris
Eriobotrya japonica
Allium tuberosum
Rosa rugosa 'Alba'
Agastache foeniculum
Beta vulgaris subsp. cicla var. flavescens 'Bright Lights'
Acmella oleracea
Ipomoea batatas
Lotus tetragonolobus
Salvia elegans 'Tangerine Sage'
Fragaria vesca
Dianthus 'Mrs. Sinkins'
Drimys lanceolata
Fuchsia arborescens
Brassica oleracea capitata 'Red Drumhead'
Brassica oleracea (Acephala Group) 'Redbor'
Juglans nigra
Chenopodium giganteum
Amaranthus 'Red Army'
Origanum 'Rosenkuppel'
Tropaeolum majus
Artemisia dracunculus Russian
Beta vulgaris 'Bull's Blood'
Decaisnea fargesii
Zanthoxylum simulans
Fuchsia magellanica
Canna indica 'Russian Red'
Ficus carica 'Brunswick'
Cryptotaenia japonica f. atropurpurea
Achillea ageratum
Allium cepa Proliferum Group
Calendula officinalis 'Orange Porcupine'
Dahlia (any variety)
Beta vulgaris subsp. cicla var. flavescens 'White Silver 2'
Hyssopus officinalis f. albus
Zingiber mioga
Crithmum maritimum
Ugni molinae
Calycanthus floridus 'Aphrodite'
Mentha suaveolens 'Variegata'
Perilla frutescens var. purpurascens