WUC lecturers’ garden featured in Look East’s Virtual Chelsea Flower Show

May 2020

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Horticulture lecturers Mick and Christine Lavelle will be featured by BBC Look East on May 22nd. The programme will include a virtual tribute to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

Footage of the Lavelles' garden will highlight their professional expertise and the wide range of unusual and rare species grown in their garden.

Mick Lavelle said: "We're pleased to hear that Look East wants to include a short video of our garden within its Virtual Chelsea coverage. Writtle University College has a longstanding connection with RHS Flower Shows.

"Our students gained hands-on industry experience at previous events and WUC alumni have received medals for their outstanding garden designs. Although we're unable to gather together at the Chelsea Show Grounds this year, the virtual coverage has been inspiring.

"We hope that Look East's viewers enjoy the video footage of our garden."

The Lavelles produce an exciting array of plants. Viewers will have the opportunity to see Heliotropium arborescens, which is known for attracting bees and butterflies, the fan palm Chamaerops humilis and stunning Agave Americana.

The star feature in the garden though, is undoubtedly Musa basjoo, also known as the Japanese banana, which despite a thoroughly tropical appearance, has proven surprisingly hardy in UK gardens.

To view the programme, tune into Look East at 6.30pm on May 22nd.

For information on Horticulture or Landscape Architecture courses visit https://writtle.ac.uk/horticulture and https://writtle.ac.uk/landscape.