After months in the planning I am really excited to announce that myself and fellow Garden Designers Amy Robertson and Wendy Von Buren have designed a show garden at this year’s RHS Hampton Court Flower Show for the charity Wellbeing of Women. It’s in the Summer Garden category and at just 6×7 metres is small but hopefully its impact will be big!
Wellbeing of Women are a fantastic charity who over the last 50 years have funded much needed medical research in to a wide range of issues affecting women’s health such as ultrasound, IVF, cancer and miscarriage. Due to the therapeutic link between gardens and wellbeing an RHS Show seemed the perfect place to raise awareness of their work and the issues involved.
The charity asked for a feminine but unfussy garden with medicinal plants. The design is centred round a circular patio with stepping stones marking each decade of the charity’s work and a calming water feature from Urbis Design. There are panels of flowers cast in concrete by artist Rachel Dein to act as a beautiful but poignant memorial to loss and in sharp contrast a living wall by Biotecture which celebrates the babies and women thriving due to the charity’s work. The planting will be feminine and soft using medicinal, sensory and aromatic plants in purples, blues and whites to reflect the charity’s logo.
There has been a lot of hard work to get to this point. The garden started as a collaboration of 3 designers and has now grown into a wider collaboration of designers, contractor, sponsors and artists and the garden wouldn’t be happening without everyone’s time, goodwill and financial backing. We were particularly lucky to find Paul Tattersall from Tattersall Landscapes in Kent who has come on board to do all of the hard landscaping and is our main sponsor along with London Stone and Hedgeworx.
Now the real work begins! I will continue to post as the planning progresses. Hope you enjoy reading about it….