New iPhone app provides comprehensive guide to London 2012 gardens

Monday, August 20, 2012
iPhone screenshot of the 2012 Gardens app 
London: A brand new, completely free London 2012 Gardens iPhone app and supporting mobile-optimised website has been launched, providing a comprehensive guide to the London 2012 Gardens in the Olympic Park.

The app, commissioned by the Olympic Delivery Authority, is the perfect way for Paralympic spectators to explore the Gardens before an event or, for those not lucky enough to have tickets for the Games, to tour the gardens virtually from home.

These unique Gardens are a testimony to Britain’s long history of exploration and trade, and bring to life the major climatic and cultural zones of the world through a rich planting scheme of both native and exotic plants.  In addition they represent a new approach to planting design and biodiversity in urban parks.

Through this app one can:

 - Journey through each climatic zone – Europe, North America, Southern Hemisphere and Asia, by exploring the stories behind a variety of rare, international plants
 - Listen to exclusive audio interviews with the garden designers describing their inspirations and how the Gardens enhance biodiversity
 - Learn how to create your own 2012 Garden
 - Send greetings postcards to your friends via email with photos and plant information
 - Look at a presentation tracing the design and construction of the Gardens

Discussions are ongoing with the London Legacy Development Corporation about  expanding upon the app so that it can be used as a Park-wide educational tool after the Games.

Expressing his views, Phil Askew, ODA and LLDC Project Sponsor for the park, said:  “This new app is a great way to explore the 2012 Gardens. A huge amount of trouble has been taken to ensure that these Gardens will form a suitably spectacular backdrop for the Games and the permanent Legacy Park and if you download this app you will be able to fully appreciate them.”
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