With less than a month to go, the final countdown is on to the debut of our Quarry Garden at the first ever RHS Chatsworth Flower Show. The build is underway and we’re getting final preparations ready for what will be a spectacular event celebrating our centenary year.
Why a quarry garden? It was suggested by IQ member Glyn Barnes at a centenary discussion way back in 2015. “My love of gardening and the wildlife it encourages were a big inspiration behind the idea to have a Quarry Garden. A garden that will showcase what the quarrying industry contributes to so many aspects of modern day life, while also remembering the role it has played through the centuries.”
“I really hope the Quarry Garden encourages the public to recognise the role IQ and its members play in shaping their everyday life, and that we will go on reshaping the UK for the next 100 years and beyond.”
The Quarry Garden project has brought together so much support in order to raise awareness of the importance of the mineral extractives industries and how crucial it is to our modern world. We spoke to the person who helped bring our vision to life, award-winning garden designer Paul Hervey-Brookes, about his Quarry Garden experience:
"Working on the Quarry Garden project with the Institute of Quarrying has been a fantastic experience. It's been such a pleasure to work with so many talented people throughout the whole process, from our amazing sculptor and landscapers to the Horticulture students who helped to influence the final garden design.
“One of the greatest things about this project has been working on a design that will tell so many different stories. The Quarry Garden not only represents how important the quarrying industry is to our world but also highlights the biodiversity which often inhabits quarrying landscapes. Visitors to the show will be able to see this reflected in the range of plants I’ve chosen for the garden.
“I can’t wait to see months and months of planning and hard work from everybody involved come together at the show.”
For more information on the #QuarryGarden story and the different people who have contributed towards the project, check out our other blogs.