Horatio’s Garden to host Chelsea Flower Show plant sale at Longford Castle

The landmark Longford Estate will host a special Horatio’s Garden plant sale featuring perennials from the charity’s prestigious RHS Chelsea Flower Show garden on Sunday, June 4 from 10am to 2pm.

Stunning and rare large perennials, including contemporary favourites, such as geums, sanguisorba, rodgersia, baptisia, irises and lilies, as well as unusual species of aquilegia, ranunculus, and thalictrum will be available.

Grass species will also be for sale, alongside unusual hydrangeas and roses. All the plants have been grown in the UK especially for Horatio’s Garden Chelsea and hand-picked by the garden’s award-winning designers Harris Bugg Studio,

Everything will be available to purchase on a first-come, first-served basis. All profits will support Horatio’s Garden, helping the charity to continue nurturing the well-being of people after spinal injury.

Light refreshments, artisan crafts handmade by the charity’s volunteers and a full collection of the charity’s bespoke merchandise will also be on sale.

The array of plants will all have featured within the charity’s show garden Horatio’s Garden Chelsea at the world-leading flower show, designed by Charlotte Harris and Hugo Bugg from Harris Bugg Studio and funded by Project Giving Back.

The garden will then move to its permanent home at The Princess Royal Spinal Injuries Centre at Northern General Hospital in Sheffield, becoming the eighth beautiful sanctuary created by the charity which nurtures the well-being of people after spinal injury. All proceeds from the sale will be reinvested to re-purchase the plants when Horatio’s Garden Sheffield & East is created in 2024.

Although the formal gardens will not be open, visitors will have the unique opportunity to enjoy the stunning grounds of the Longford Estate, the private ancestral seat of the Radnor family for over 300 years. The estate is currently home to patron of Horatio’s Garden, The Countess of Radnor and her family, who have supported the charity since 2012.

The Countess of Radnor said: “Horatio’s Garden charity continues to grow and to offer support in many areas to patients with spinal cord injuries. It is such a huge privilege to be Patron of such an inspiring charity. Long may the gardens grow and all that they have to offer.”

The plant sale will be the perfect opportunity for people across Salisbury, Wiltshire and the south west to celebrate with Horatio’s Garden in their most exciting year to date. Featuring so many unique plants, everyone attending will have the chance to take home a living memento of the charity’s RHS Chelsea appearance – one that will simultaneously plant hope for people facing life-changing injuries and long stays in hospital.

Horatio’s Garden South West was created by six-time RHS Chelsea gold medal winning landscape designer Cleve West at Salisbury District Hospital in 2012. Since then, Horatio’s Garden has opened a further six gardens across the UK. The charity’s seventh garden is currently being built in Northern Ireland, with an eighth in development for Sheffield. The charity’s vision is to sustainably grow thriving communities and biodiverse gardens in all 11 NHS spinal injury centres in the UK

Admission is £5 per person on entry (parking included).

Please note that the formal gardens at Longford Castle will not be open for this event.

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