A Royal Nature
type—Royal College of Art MA
A Royal Nature is a new centre of the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) in central London that imagines a new presence of horticulture in every day life.
The RHS was founded in 1804 with the intention of being a repository of all knowledge surrounding horticulture, and to develop and disseminate this discipline throughout the country. During the British Empire, horticulture was essential to understand the world and to communicate British achievements.
The contemporary relevance and purpose of horticulture is ambiguous and ill-defined, as reflected by the current identity of the RHS as a bourgeois gardening club.
If Horticulture is “the branch of agriculture that deals with the art, science, technology, and business of plant cultivation”, how could this practice and its institutional organism be reimagined to suit current preoccupations?