Queen congratulates local team at the Chelsea Flower Show

A Cambridge collaboration including staff from the Garden has won a prestigious Silver Gilt Medal at the Royal Horticultural Society Chelsea Flower Show for an educational display for The Royal College of Pathologists.
Her Majesty The Queen (who is Patron of The Royal College of Pathologists) visited the stand, to celebrate the College’s Golden Jubilee and complimented the team on the display. Dr Tim Wreghitt from the Royal College of Pathologists complimented Her Majesty on colour-co-ordinating her outfit so beautifully with the display!

The theme of the exhibit is “Urban Greening – Not to be sneezed at!” and it provides information for the public on which plants can cause respiratory allergies (such as hay fever and asthma) through breathing in wind-borne pollen, and which plants are not a cause of allergies. The display was a mock up of an apartment roof garden in central London.

The team was led by Dr Tim Wreghitt, ex Vice-President of The Royal College of Pathologists, who lives in Sawston. Two other Sawston residents provided valuable expertise; Tony Negus built the display and Peter Jackson of Scotsdales Garden Centre (which provided many of the plants) provided expert advice on plants and planting. Several staff at Cambridge University Botanic Garden, including the Acting Director, Dr Tim Upson and Alpine & Woodland Assistant, Simon Wallis, provided expert advice on plants and planting. Phillip Ball, Head of the University of Cambridge Medical Graphics Department provided excellent graphic displays.

Dr Wreghitt said “We are all delighted at winning such a prestigious award. It is a wonderful way for The College to celebrate its 50th Anniversary. The whole team have worked fantastically hard. The response from the public is amazing. It has been a difficult growing season and the Botanic Garden team have been warming some plants up and cooling others to get them into peak condition for Chelsea”.
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