Lord’s is the historical home of cricket. As part of Marylebone Cricket Club’s (MCC) ongoing ground development programme, Q&S were approached to design a new exotic species planting plan to replace the rose bed which has existed along its Harris Garden wall for several years.
Taking inspiration from the game of cricket itself, Q&S’ design incorporated species of plants from several of the main cricketing countries around the world – namely – New Zealand, Australia, India, Sri Lanka, West Indies, Pakistan, Bangladesh, South Africa and not forgetting England.
What we did
The existing planting was removed and where possible, re-used around the Ground. The soil in the beds was then replenished and fertilised. The exotic plants were sourced from numerous suppliers, including native overseas growers.
Installation was undertaken by Q&S within a tight timeframe in May prior to the start of the full cricket programme and Test Matches. The resulting design has created a unique bed whereby exotic species intermingle effortlessly with each other, creating harmony and a blast of colour.
Founded in 1787, MCC issued the first code of Laws in 1788 and moved to its current home in St John’s Woodin 1814. It remains, in the words of a former President, Plum Warner, “a private club with a public function.”