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cancer research garden


By Peter

cancer research garden

Chelsea 2009

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Is it a garden of plants who are being researched for their anti-cancer properties?

27 May, 2009


Hi Lori,
I had to check, but no. Cancer Research UK were the sponsors of the garden. All the show gardens, and most of the other gardens have a sponsor.

I'm not sure how much a show garden slot costs (plus the designer's fee, plants, landscaping, sculptures...) but it must be cost sponsors a small fortune. They apparently had quite a few pull out this year due to the financial situation. They went from 22 down to 13 show gardens (which are the biggest, most expensive).

27 May, 2009


Thanks for checking it out, Peter. I suppose it is good to raise public awareness...and given the figures bandied about when discussing actual research costs...the price tag for display fees, plants etc. would seem like a drop in the bucket...but when I donate to a cause I prefer that my donation goes to research or actually helping patients...which is why I was assuming that there was an actual connection between the plants in the display and those in the labs...I know that a tropical vinca is used in the production of anti-tumor meds...and that there has been concerns about the extinction of some plants currently used in cancer research...and that plants like burdock, rhubarb, ulmus, and sorrel are components of natural herbal anti-cancer treatments.. perhaps content of that nature in a display garden would capture more public interest.

30 May, 2009

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