A GARDEN centre will support a green-fingered artist in creating an entirely edible project for visitors to enjoy.

Perrywood Garden Centre, which has locations in Tiptree and Sudbury, will support designer and author Lucy Hutchings with her edible allotment garden.

The design, which will be brought to life at the RHS Hampton Court Garden Festival in July, includes chillies, heirloom tomatoes and edible flowers like nasturtium which are being grown in the production nursery in Tiptree.

After the show, the garden will be moved and rebuilt at the Sudbury site, allowing visitors opportunity to view and enjoy Lucy’s inspiring space.

Lucy started out as a couture jewellery designer but has redirected her energy into gardening and writing, focusing on grow your own and food sustainability.

She runs Instagram gardening page She Grows Veg which has more than 119,000 followers.

Lucy also writes a food sustainability blog featuring interviews with leading people in horticulture and food, innovative approaches to grow your own, foraging and wild food.

She said: “Happiness has always been my ultimate goal in life and in growing my own food I found the ultimate warm fuzzy glow.

“It is no secret that growing and living with plants has a positive effect on both mental and physical wellbeing.

“What could be more rewarding than nurturing a baby plant to adulthood and reaping the subsequent literal fruits of your labour?”

The Get up and Grow garden will be in the RHS Community Allotment category, which will celebrate the best of community gardening.

Perrywood spokeswoman Louise Smith said: “Our theme this year is Get Growing.

“We want to help all those new lockdown gardeners to keep planting and enjoying their outdoor spaces.

“We love showing our customers how to create something a little bit different.

“Bringing the whole garden back to display at Perrywood Sudbury will allow a greater number of people to get up close and reconsider their own gardens and growing spaces.”