7th September 2012
Tregothnan discovered the world’s only surviving example of a Wardian Case in 2003 in a locked shed and has since been rediscovering the benefits of growing plants without having to worry about watering. The mini travelling greenhouse was originally designed by Nathaniel Bagshaw Ward in 1834 to safely bring plants from around the world to the UK with very limited water available on the ships.
To celebrate the centenary of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in 2013, it is fitting to bring back the Wardian Case for use around the world on terraces and balconies or even indoors as a beautiful replica and real working mini greenhouse that requires almost no watering. For less horticultural audiences, we are finding great interest in the fact that the Wardian Case is possibly the earliest example of 'flat-pack' furniture!