International wildlife conservation charity, Fauna & Flora International (FFI), will make its RHS Chelsea Flower Show debut in 2023, with a show garden designed by Chelsea Gold Medal-winner, Jilayne Rickards, and landscaped by award-winning landscaper, Tecwyn Evans, Living Landscapes.
FFI’s show garden is sponsored by Project Giving Back, a charity established to enable charities and not-for-profit organisations to raise awareness of their work by staging a garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show that will live on in a permanent location as a legacy following the show. The show garden will provide FFI with an invaluable opportunity to raise awareness of its global conservation work, including projects disrupted by the global pandemic, at a time when recognising the links between nature protection, climate action and human well-being is more important than ever.
Following the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, 23-27 May 2023, FFI’s garden will be relocated to the Tropical Biome of the Eden Project in Cornwall, where it will help educate and entertain around one million annual visitors for years to come.
Offering Chelsea show visitors a window into the spectacular Afromontane landscape of Central Africa, The Fauna & Flora International Garden will celebrate the International Gorilla Conservation Programme, originally established by FFI in 1978 as the Mountain Gorilla Project, with support from Sir David Attenborough, the charity’s Vice-President.
The garden maps the journey of an ecotourist on a gorilla trek, tracing a rough track through a succession of lush and changing landscapes on either side of the Protected Forest Area boundary wall, each side showcasing the familiar, unusual and spectacular plants found in the area – from the African tulip tree, to Lobelia stuhlmannii, to a range of medicinal plants including Brillantaisia, Moringa, Leucas, Tagetes and Tithonia.
Along the way will be a medicinal garden shaded by Eucalyptus and banana trees; a typical gift kiosk selling local artisanal crafts; a true-to-life gorilla nest set amongst bamboo; and an entrancing waterfall and viewing rock, surrounded by unusual plants found only at high altitude.
Mark Rose, CEO of FFI, comments: “The RHS Chelsea Flower Show has become, in recent years, not just the flagship event for the gardening world, but a wonderful platform for charities and organisations to raise awareness of wider issues affecting the planet and the people on it. Project Giving Back has funded some fantastic causes in the last year – including Rewilding Britain, Mind and RNLI – and we are delighted to have been selected as one of its 2023 charities. 2023 will mark 120 years since FFI was first founded to protect species and wildlife across the world, so it will truly be a remarkable year for us.