This London tube station is getting a horticultural makeover

The Platform Garden will be created by Amelia Bouquet and Emilie Bausager (Instagram, @EnergyGardenLdn)
The Platform Garden will be created by Amelia Bouquet and Emilie Bausager (Instagram, @EnergyGardenLdn)

The Latimer Road Underground Station is preparing to welcome a beautiful horticultural installation from this year’s Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Chelsea Flower Show.

Called “The Platform Garden”, it has been designed by Amelia Bouquet and Emilie Bausager, and sponsored by Energy Garden London. It depicts what the designers imagine an overground train platform of the future to look like — with a green space for commuters to enjoy.

The biodiverse haven includes litter bins turned into planters that are full of edible and drought-resistant plants. Its floor will be made out of reused concrete tiles, with old-school glass bricks letting the light in.

The display will appear in the world-renowned Chelsea Flower Show between May 23 and May 27. Those who want to see it will be able to spot it in the Balcony and Container Gardens exhibition.

The Platform Garden is expected to join the Zone 2 station this summer, giving travellers, residents, and staff members a place to reconnect with nature.

The sponsor behind the project, Energy Garden, is a non-profit organisation that supports communities by building gardens and solar energy sites on London’s railways. Their gardens are completely community-run.

The organisation aims to raise awareness of environmental issues, inspire people about how these issues can be resolved, and cultivate resilience and innovation.

Their previous projects have involved Brondesbury Park Station having a garden installation which has been maintained since July 2016. The garden is used to grow vegetables such as broad beans, lettuce and carrots, and the hops raised are made into ale. The spring flowers in the installation support honeybees and bumble bees.

Similarly, the Forest Hill station welcomed its own little green corners in April 2017, with herbs, bug hotels, apple trees, bamboo plants, and wildflowers installed.

Their other installations are in stations such as Hampstead Heath, Kew Gardens, Norwood Junction, Stoke Newington, West Croydon and Finchley Central.