Karen Tatlow of Karen Tatlow Garden Design has designed a community garden which will be entered in next year’s RHS Malvern Show, before it is then moved piece by piece to St Giles Hospice in Whittington.
The garden – which will become a ‘family space’ at the hospice has already been fully designed in collaboration with St Giles.
St Giles Community Engagement Co-ordinator Jenni Fryer said the garden project was a wonderful way to highlight the accessibility of the hospice, as well as opening it up to the wider community.
“People can often be fearful of coming into hospices, thinking they are going to be dark, sad places and this garden is a great way of showcasing to a huge audience what St Giles is all about.
“It’s wonderfull to think that so many people will see a different view of hospices at the show and when the garden comes back to the hospice at Whittington.
Karen, who last year won three awards at the prestigious RHS Malvern Show, explained
“Everything has been designed with a purpose – not only is there wheelchair access, there is room to take a bed into the garden and still be able to accommodate family, friends and even pets.
In launching the appeal Karen is hoping people will come together to volunteer their time and find out how a financial pledge will help to create this wonderful garden.
“We have already secured a tremendous amount of support to make this project happen … we are over half way there … but we estimate we still need support to the value of £27k.
“This project is a great opportunity for businesses to get involved in supporting the hospice, from sponsoring the garden to donating goods or services and even staff time to the build of the garden at the show or back at the hospice.
As part of the project, hundreds of metal sunflowers -the sunflower being the symbol of the hospice movement – will be on sale for £20 each, with half going to St Giles and the rest going to fund the building of the garden. Karen said
“These are a lovely way for anyone to be able to contribute to the project. The sunflowers will create a beautiful and poignant art installation at the heart of the show garden. After the show they will all be brought back to St Giles, when people can either collect them, or they will go into the garden at the hospice.
The RHS Malvern Show gets over 100,000 visitors each year, features in several television programmes – including Gardeners’ World – as well as extensive newspaper, magazine and on line coverage. It really is big news, so an award winning garden will certainly get a lot of publicity for St Giles Hospice.
To donate, help, or support the project you can visit the dedicated website or contact Karen