Royal Parks apprentices race against time for the London Marathon

22nd Apr 2016

OCS horticultural apprentices from The Royal Parks have posted their own PBs (Personal Bests) by cultivating hundreds of Schizanthus plants in the Hyde Park Nursery which will decorate the winners’ podium after Sunday’s London marathon.


The Schizanthus Pinnatus plants, also known as Poor Man’s Orchid, likes cool moist conditions, a preference shared by most of the thousands of runners and joggers taking part in the marathon, which will be watched by millions of people across 196 countries.

The Hyde Park Nursery supplies the central Royal Parks, including the Memorial Gardens in front of Buckingham Palace, with over 400,000 plants a year. On the day of the marathon, the Memorial Gardens will provide a stunning backdrop for the podium and the winners.

OCS provides landscape maintenance services to London’s most iconic open spaces in Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens, St James’s Park, The Green Park, Grosvenor Square and Brompton Cemetery.

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