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125 Research Garden wins Silver award

21 April 2008

125 Research Garden

Cardiff University’s Research Garden has won a silver medal at this year’s Royal Horticultural Society’s Spring Flower Show.

Designed as part of the University’s 125th anniversary celebrations, the garden was described by the RHS judges as a fantastic concept, and opened today in Bute Park.

Featuring many specialist plants, materials and artefacts, the garden, which has been sponsored by the St David’s 2 Partnership, delivers an interactive and imaginative showcase, highlighting just some of the varied research and teaching across the University’s academic schools and research centres.

Everything on show in the garden has a connection to the University, for example, chilli plants, which are being used in cancer research, and the four DNA double helix features which represent the widespread gene research taking place in many of the Schools. Other features include the alstromeria, a Patagonian plant being studied in the School of Biosciences, and an area paved using a more environmentally friendly concrete being developed by the School of Engineering.

Andrew Emery, community engagement officer at Cardiff University said: "We hope the garden delivers something for people of all ages."

Environmental sustainability is a strong theme running throughout the garden, and Cardiff University is planning to return, reuse and recycle every element of the garden.

The RHS Spring Flower Show runs until Sunday 20 April in Bute Park.

The University’s horticultural theme will continue this month, as the Estates Division hosts the University Horticultural Officers Conference (22-25 April). Held every 18 months, this will be the first time the event is held in Cardiff. It will bring together University grounds supervisors, managers and co-ordinators to share best practice and exchange ideas on maintaining and improving universities ground stock.