App for Olympic Park’s 2012 Gardens Launched
by Rhiannon James
Planting at the London 2012 Olympic Park
When they’re not watching sporting history in the making, visitors to the Olympic Park during the Paralympics and spectators at home can get a free guided tour around its 2012 Gardens, thanks to the launch of a new app.
GPS-enabled, the app guides visitors through the gardens’ four climatic zones: Europe, North America, the southern hemisphere and Asia, which represent a timeline of Britain’s plant-hunting heritage.
There is information on the plant communities of each zone – the European Garden, for example, is inspired by hay meadows – a photo gallery and interviews with the gardens’ designers: James Hitchmough, Nigel Dunnett and Sarah Price.
The app was commissioned by the Olympic Delivery Authority and the potential to develop it into a park-wide educational tool for use after the Games is currently being discussed.
It can be downloaded from the Apple Store http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/2012-gardens/id542187942?mt=8 and the Android Store https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.putitout.RAAGARDEN
If want to find out more about all the gardens at the Olympic Park click here.