Control a Garden at the Chelsea Flower Show with Twitter
We’re all huge fans of the Chelsea Flower Show here, and hopefully you are too. Every year there’s gardens that just make our jaws drop; whether it’s sheer beauty, due to arrangement and colours or whether it’s down to surprise and innovation – there’s always something. From initial reports it looks as if the 2013 RHS Chelsea Flower Show will be no different with some extremely inventive gardens on the horizon…
From first glances, this year’s show looks to improve upon last year’s with the addition of a special garden that will be controlled by social media. Yes, you read that correctly – a garden will be reacting, live at the show, based on the activity of Twitter users. Any tweet that features the hash tag #RHSchelsea will be tracked and used by software which electronically operates the garden.
If the term ‘Twitter’ and ‘hash tag’ have gone straight over your head, you might want to sit this one out. However, if you’re already integrated into the Twittersphere, we fully expect you to hash tag like there’s no tomorrow and a follow for us @GardenToolbox would be much appreciated (shameless self plug there)!
The garden that will be integrated with Twitter activity has been dubbed ‘Digital Capabilities’ as an ode to what the digital age is capable of (or so we assume). The garden was both designed and created by a variety of students and staff members from the University of Lincoln. All team members were gathered from various departments including Computer Science, Architecture and even Psychology.
Digital Capabilities is said to feature a ‘Perspex panelled wall’ (pictured below) which will have separate segments/panels that can be opened or closed based upon the amount of activity on Twitter. The wall will divide the 20x10ft (6x3m) plot diagonally in order to make the most of the gardening space available.
Picture courtesy of: http://lincolnschoolofarchitecture.blogspot.co.uk/
This is apparently the first ever attempt of creating a garden for the Chelsea Flower Show and it has been spear-headed by Professor Shaun Lawson. He stated that he and the rest of the team were “inspired by a QR code garden” which was featured in the previous year and this had led them to work closely with a garden design company who could bring their ideas to life. One of the things Shaun really wanted to emphasise with this project was how the ‘physical’ and ‘digital’ world could be mixed to produce a remarkable, integrated combination of the two.
Upon completion of the show, the University will likely have Digital Capabilities on display in their grounds for all staff, current students and new students to view (and possibly operate).
For those who are interested in seeing this garden masterpiece operating close up, you can get tickets for the RBS Chelsea Flower Show by clicking here. The show runs from the 20th May until the 25th and will feature the Queen who is going to officially open this prestigious event.
Is this likely to be one of the most innovative gardens we’ve ever seen at the Chelsea Flower Show, or do you reckon there are better alternatives? Let us know your thoughts on Google Plus or Twitter which is linked above.