Greenhouse Effect was designed by Sheena Seeks for the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2016. This Conceptual Garden was built by Eden Landscape Projects and sponsored by The Greenhouse People. The RHS judges awarded the Greenhouse Effect a Silver-Gilt Medal, at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2016.
I caught up with designer Sheena Seeks at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2016, to find out more about her Conceptual Garden, Greenhouse Effect.
PB: Hi Sheena, I’d love to find out more about your Conceptual Garden, the Greenhouse Effect.
SS: These first greenhouses contain basic elements – this one is for air, this one is for soil, and this one is water. They are the elements that plants need to thrive. Then this greenhouse is diversity of plants, and this one is when the runaway greenhouse effect takes effect – everything gets dried up, and you end up with a desert.
PB: What a great message – it’s a greenhouse inside a greenhouse.
SS: Yes, that’s why the greenhouse effect works – in the upper atmosphere, instead of having one layer where infra-red can escape, there’s two layers and it can’t get out, so it just bounces back, and the planet gets hotter and hotter. It’s all about carbon fuels, carbon dioxide – in the normal atmosphere some of the heat escapes, but with a double-atmosphere the heat gets really hot. Go inside that double skin greenhouse – it’s absolutely roasting! In a single-skin greenhouse, a lot of the heat will escape.
PB: So do you work studying climate change? Or is it just something you’re interested in?
SS: I used to. I’m a sculptor really. I work doing a bit of garden design, but I’ve sort of retired now – well, semi-retired.
PB: So you’re really passionate about climate change then?
SS: I’m passionate about a lot of things, you know, ecology.
PB: Me too! I’d love to hear more about the garden?
SS: It tells you simply in a very visible and graphic way what the ecology of the planet is about. You have all the things to create life. Life has come about after a long long time, and we’re destroying it, by just ignoring the signals that are coming in. So I don’t see a lot of hope. Have you read the Gaia theory? I think the planet will heal itself, and we’ll have desertification, and plants will come back, but I think humans will be gone. James Lovelock described humans as an infestation! We’re lovely too, but just unthinking. We are trained to be living in small groups, that how we developed, as a small group, tribes. The human tribe is huge, and it’s out of control!
PB: Do you have a favourite plant in your garden?
SS: Not particularly… I love this Aechmea ‘Blue Rain’ – I love that one.
PB: How much of your day will you have to spend watering?
SS: I’m treating it like a rainforest. It has to be hot, and has to be steamy, and I have to give it a rainforest wash down regularly.
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