The Redshift: an RHS show garden

“The Redshift” won a silver medal at the RHS Malvern show 2019.


This garden celebrates how telescopes have helped us develop an understanding of our universe.

Early in the last century, astronomers decided to look at the movement of galaxies. If a galaxy is moving towards you, it appears more blue than it should. If a galaxy is moving away from you, it appears more red than it should.

Nearly all observed galaxies appeared more red – they were all moving away from us. Everything is moving away from everything else as the universe itself is expanding. This is called the Redshift and is proof of the Big Bang.

The design features a space to sit (representing ‘Earth’) with sculptures representing ground and space telescopes. Looking out into the garden from this position, the planting will move from yellows through orange towards reds, representing the Red Shift. This will be interspersed with swathes of dark plants to represent dark matter.

The redshift garden – an RHS Malvern show garden.
Further information:
Literature from the show

Information boards

Partners, sponsors and suppliers

The garden was built by Jack Drewe Landscaping and Maintenance.

With thanks to our sponsors, Institute of Physics and the Royal Astronomical Society.

And with thanks to our suppliers: London Stone, Julie Grose Metal Design, Factory Furniture, Stark and Greensmith, Wyvale Nurseries and Hortus Loci

Plant list
Anemone Multifida var. Magellanica
Aquilegia Black Barlow
Deschampsia Cespitosa
Geum ‘Lemon Drops’
Geum ‘Totally Tangerine’
Geum `Lady Stratheden’
Geum `Scarlet Tempest’
Geum Cocktail Series ‘Banana Daiquiri’
Geum Mrs Bradshaw 
Heuchera `Marmalade
Heuchera `Plum Pudding’
Iris ‘ Carnival Time’
Iris ‘ Quechee’
Iris ‘Langport Wren’
Iris ‘Pirates Quest’
Iris ‘Tact’
Ophiopogon Plan. `Nigrescens’
Salvia Nemorosa ‘Caradonna’
Sesleria Heufleriana
Stipa Tenuissima ‘Ponytails’

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