Identifying plants with image recognition

The Brief

Gourmet Pixel were proud to partner with Apps for Good Awards 2015, to help 3 winning teams make their apps a reality. One of those teams was GardenKing, who wished to create an app to help you identify plants in your garden by taking a photo, and learn more about them.

Isaac, Clodagh, Sophie & Edward from Latymer Upper School, London won the Sustainable Communities category powered by Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park at the Apps for Good Awards 2015.

The Process

Over a number of months we worked closely with the teams to help make their ideas reality. This involved workshops for brainstorming and discussing priorities in terms of features and functionality, along with numerous Skype video calls. It was a fun project for the team and great to see such young minds inspired by the potential of technology and able to gain such an insight into the industry we work in.


The app was developed to help you identify plants in your garden by taking a photo, and learn more about them.

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Plant Identification

The app uses image recognition to ID the plant.

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Save Plants

Save plants to keep a record of all the plants in your garden.

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Make Notes

Make notes on your plants, when to sow, water, what soil to use and more.

The Outcome

The apps were offically launched at a special event in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, which provided an inspiring backdrop as the kids proudly presented the finished apps they had been working hard on. Speeches were given by Debbie Forster and Bob Schukai, along with a talk by a very inspiring young woman called Mohima Ahmed, who was a winning team member of the first year Apps for Good started 5 years ago. 

Steve Brown of Future Tech Girls has written a great post about his experience of the evening here.