Size, scale and innovation were all features at the Great Exhibition 1851 (our theme for 2018) so, drawing on this spirit, one of our key exhibits is a set of three seven metre high terrariums.
Designed by the Gloucestershire based, internationally acclaimed landscape designer Paul Hervey-Brookes, they symbolise our continued desire for exploration and the discovery of plants. Each terrarium has its own distinct plant story:
In ancient times the palm branch was a symbol of victory and triumph, whilst the ancient Egyptians saw the palm as a representation for immortality. In ancient Greece a palm branch was awarded to champion athletes. Today the Palm represents one of our biggest debates on food and is the most widely consumed oil on the planet.
With origins over 40 million years old the olive is the symbol of the Mediterranean. The oldest known living olive is 1,600 years old and can be found in Croatia. The Mediterranean diet, which features olive oil as an important ingredient, is often seen as the key to a long and healthy life. Modern research is looking into the Olives ability to prolong life.
Originating in Iran the pomegranate has been cultivated throughout the Middle East, South Asia and Mediterranean. It was the fruit that Scots brought to Moses to demonstrate the fortuity of the promised land and was carved on the capitals of Solomon's Great Temple. Solomon is said to have taken inspiration from the fruit when he created his crown. Today the Pomegranate is a popular super food.
The Giant Terrariums will be a sight to behold at 7metres (22 feet) high and you won’t be able to miss them as you explore the festival.