Award Winning Garden Relocated to Daresbury

The NSO Dark Matter Garden has been moved from Chelsea to Daresbury.

As the Sun set on the RHS Chelsea Flower Show of 2015 our attention quickly turned to the future of the garden. Sadly, many of the gardens that grace the show also end their lives there. However, we were determined that our award winning garden would provide a true lasting legacy and continue to inspire people to think about the mysteries of the Universe.

The NSO Dark Matter Garden
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We are therefore delighted to announce, the NSO Dark Matter Garden was recently reopened at Daresbury Laboratory. The garden was officially opened by Graham Evans, MP, together with John Womersley, CEO of the Science & Technology Facilities Council.

Twilight at Daresbury
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Every inch of the Gold Medal winning garden was painstakingly moved and replanted, and will now be seen by the many thousands of visitors that pass through the gates every year. The operation to move the garden certainly wasn’t an easy undertaking, but after several weeks of careful planning and logistical work, the garden looks fantastic and is settling in well to its new home.

Professor Andy Newsam, of the National Schools’ Observatory said, “It was vital to us that the garden provided a legacy and continued to inspire people from all walks of life. Residing at Daresbury will achieve this aim and we are delighted that so many school children, in particular, visit the site and will therefore see the garden.”

A fantastic time-lapse video of the garden being rehoused can be seen here. Well worth a look!