Gardening in the sky

Urban gardening is about to reach heady heights in the east end of London. Wardian London - a new development of two skyscrapers, containing 624 new private apartments is sprouting up just a stone’s throw from the magnificent landscape of the Olympic Park and across the water from Canary Wharf, on the Isle of Dogs.

Wardian London by EcoWorld Ballymore
Wardian London by EcoWorld Ballymore
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Each EcoWorld Ballymore apartment or suite in the Wardian London development comes complete with a personal ‘sky garden’ offering inhabitants a unique sense of escape and a haven above the bustling buzz of London. Every sky garden will be designed and planted to the specifications of each new owner and can be as lush or minimalist as required to create a horticultural space or a place to read and relax. It’s a game changer in terms of city dwelling, a garden in the sky with a breathtaking panorama of London below that changes with the seasons.

Wardian Case
A Wardian Case filled with botanical delights is part of the project’s promotion; housed in a bespoke Hartley Botanic glasshouse. Image: HartleyBotanic/Martin Mulchinock

Wardian London has been designed by Glenn Howells Architects and was inspired by the traditional terrarium-like Wardian Cases, first created in east London to transport botanical wonders across the oceans, in the days of the plant hunters of the 19th Century. The whole development has botanical accents throughout including sunken gardens and atriums of plants to create a tropical paradise and a secret escape for its residents within the heart of this lively London business district.

“Wardian London offers an exceptional opportunity to engage with the natural elements while living in the thriving hub of the city. Green space is one of the most sought after commodities in London and creating hidden garden sanctuaries here, inspired by Wardian Cases, was of vital importance to create a tangible retreat from city living,” says Huw Morgan, Camlins Landscape Architects.

A slick ‘pop-up’ Wardian Case filled with botanical delights is part of the project’s promotion; housed in a bespoke Hartley Botanic glasshouse it boasts the perfect dockside setting, situated right outside South Quay DLR station and overlooking the Thames. Inside, it’s been artfully styled and planted with botanical wonders including the quintessential Victorian fern magnified with a monocular lens, the fascinating and prehistoric Wollemi Pine and historical hints of the spice trade with flowering ginger lilies.  It’s a mini hothouse environment designed to highlight the whole concept and is open to prospective purchasers until the end of November 2015.

Suites and apartments in the East Tower overlooking South Dock have just been launched, prices from £395 000. See the Wardian London website for more information or phone 0800 404 8855.

Jean Vernon

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Jean Vernon is a slightly quirky, bee friendly, alternative gardener. She doesn’t follow the rules and likes to push the boundaries a bit just to see what happens. She has a fascination for odd plants, especially edibles and a keen interest in growing for pollinators especially bees. She’s rather obsessed with the little buzzers. Telegraph Gardening Correspondent, mostly testing and trialing products and Editor-In-Chief for Richard Jackson’s Garden.
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