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News: 16 January 2023

Horatio's Garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show

 

We are delighted to reveal our visual for the garden we are making for spinal injuries charity Horatio’s Garden at this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

Our garden will embody the special qualities found in all Horatio’s Gardens while incorporating influences from the Sheffield region, connecting it to the garden’s future permanent home at the Princess Royal Spinal Injuries Centre in Sheffield, where it will benefit thousands of patients, relatives and NHS staff for years to come. 

The garden is a beautiful, immersive, restorative haven - the antithesis of a busy, clinical hospital environment. Our aim is to give visitors to the 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. 

In approaching the design, we have collaborated closely with the whole Horatio’s Garden community, listening to patients, their loved ones, NHS staff, head gardeners and volunteers to understand the needs and aspirations of everyone benefiting from time spent in a Horatio’s Garden. 

Our design uses tactile experiences, natural sounds, colours and scents - bringing important sensory features into the garden to enhance the emotional and spiritual wellbeing of patients with spinal injuries. A water feature, which can be touched at wheelchair height, animates the garden and encourages wildlife - a fundamental part of the magic that patients comment on when using the Horatio’s Gardens. Stone cairns give rhythm and structure - symbolic of wayfinding, metaphorically offering gentle guidance when the path is unclear. A nest-like, organic garden pod structure, designed in collaboration with the architect Andrew Mcmullan, provides a year-round cocooning place for physical and emotional shelter.

We can’t wait to share this garden, it’s inspirations and aspirations at Chelsea Flower Show in May.  See you there!

The garden is generously sponsored by Project Giving Back.

Team

Client - Horatio’s Garden 
Designers - Harris Bugg Studio / Charlotte Harris & Hugo Bugg 
All garden funding by Project Giving Back 
Contractor - Ryan Alexander Associates
Architect - Mcmullan Studio 
Plants - Kelways
Trees - Deepdale Trees 
Hedging - Big Hedge Company
Prototyping and testing of special details - Skye Stone Studio, Chimo Holdings 
Structural engineer - Heyne Tillett Steel
Environmental engineer (pod) - Atelier Ten 
Fabrication (pod) - Weber Industries 
Water engineering - Studio Ewing 
Fabrication (water feature) - Dynamic 3 Ltd 
Stonework - Noble Stonework 
Lighting - Landscape Plus 

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