Academics from the University of Lincoln have just picked up a gold medal for their innovative idea in the ‘Fresh Garden’ category at this year’s Chelsea Flower Show. Teachers and students at the university collaborated with designers from Harfleet & Harfleet to create a interactive flower bed that responds to Twitter posts.
The ‘Digital Capabilities’ garden, measuring 6×3 meters, is divided by panelled Perspex walls that can be controlled via Twitter. By simply tweeting using the hashtag #rhschelsea, the panels open and the visitors will be able to view the flowers and plants inside.
Professor Shaun Lawson, a social media specialist who helped come up with the idea for the garden, commented that:
The university has never had a garden at Chelsea before. For many years we’ve wanted to design a garden that involved technology and we were inspired by a QR code garden which showed there last year. It’s quite a fun thing to do and it mixes the physical world with the digital world in quite an interesting way.
The flower show will end on 26 May and the team hopes to have the garden as a permanent display after the event. Check out the video below for an in-depth look at how the garden works: