The RHS Gardens of Imagination project (2024-2026) is an initiative that aims to create a Modern Day Herbal by 2026. It brings together a national collection of creative responses through individual co-creation projects. Starting in 2024 with Lewisham Growing groups, the project supports participants in exploring how contemporary communities can represent a modern herbal through the healing power of gardens, gardening, and plants. The exhibition will document and showcase these experiences and stories as part of the Modern Day Herbal.

Alice has taken on the role as creative practitioner working alongside the talented and creative co-creators from seven local Lewisham green space growing communities. The RHS has been exploring with Alice and Lewisham growing communities, gardens, gardening and plants for their healing benefits in new a contemporary context with stories being told by the co-creators and through a historical context through RHS Lindley Library and Science collections.

The talented co-creators include individuals from multi-cultural backgrounds, some of whom may be experiencing mental or physical ill-health, while others volunteer their time to connect people with the healing benefits of gardening and green spaces. This project focuses on connecting with people, ourselves, and nature, harnessing the hidden green spaces throughout the Borough of Lewisham. The exhibition will showcase skill-sharing and empower local voices to present their stories through sculptural forms, tactile wearable art, and immersive spaces. Alice and the groups are using unwanted textiles, traditional craft techniques, and natural dyes to support wellbeing and connectivity to nature. The exhibition will highlight the importance of the natural world and the sensory experience of being immersed in nature.

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