A SALISBURY-based national charity heading to the 2023 RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Horatio’s Garden, which creates and nurtures accessible gardens in NHS spinal injury centres, will create its first Main Avenue garden at next year’s event.
Charlotte Harris and Hugo Bugg of award-winning landscape designers Harris Bugg Studio will design the garden, which is sponsored by Project Giving Back.
A spokesperson for the charity said the vision for the garden is of a beautiful, immersive, restorative haven – the antithesis of a busy, clinical hospital environment.
“It is designed to give visitors to Chelsea Flower Show a sense of the hope and transformative effect having access to a Horatio’s Garden can have when coming to terms with a devastating and traumatic spinal injury,” they added.
“The garden is designed with the requirements of people with mobility needs at its heart.
“The show garden will embody the special qualities found in all Horatio’s Gardens while incorporating influences from the Sheffield region, before forming the nucleus of a new, permanent garden at the Princess Royal Spinal Injuries Centre in Sheffield. Also designed by Harris Bugg Studio, Horatio’s Garden Sheffield will be the eighth Horatio’s Garden, opening in 2024.”
Horatio’s Garden South West, designed by Cleve West, was the first garden opened by the charity in 2012 at the Duke of Cornwall Spinal Treatment Centre in Salisbury District Hospital.
Now, the charity is launching a capital appeal to raise the funds needed to create Horatio’s Garden Sheffield in 2024.
Olivia Chapple, founder and chair of trustees at Horatio’s Garden, said: “We are thrilled to be announcing our eighth garden is coming to Sheffield in 2024, where we know it will transform the lives of thousands of people.
“What better way of heralding this than showcasing the design at the world-renowned RHS Chelsea Flower Show where Charlotte Harris and Hugo Bugg’s brilliant design will enable to us to share the important message that
great design benefits the lives
Designer Charlotte said: “The mission of Horatio’s Garden really spoke to us – gardens as restorative, life-changing havens being the core purpose of the charity’s work.
“As designers, we believe everyone has the right to experience the benefits of nature and green space.
“Our design is about showing how meaningful, high-quality design can improve the lives of everyone in society and we want to show that functional and practical spaces do not need to compromise in terms of their beauty and aesthetics.”
For more details, log on to horatiosgarden.org.uk.