On Monday 16th March 2020 the RHS made the following announcement;
“Following the Government update on 16 March 2020 and ongoing situation with COVID-19, all RHS Shows, Garden Events and school visits will be cancelled with immediate effect until 30 June 2020.
“With the Government no longer supporting mass gathering events due to the impact on emergency services and heightened actions to encourage social distancing, the following RHS Shows will regrettably no longer take place in 2020:
RHS Flower Show Cardiff, 17-19 April
RHS Malvern Spring Festival, 7-10 May
RHS Chelsea Flower Show, 19-23 May
RHS Chatsworth Flower Show, 11-14 Junehttps://www.rhs.org.uk/about-the-rhs/policies/coronavirus-statement
Therefore, as a result of this action, taken in line with Government guidelines, the project to create ‘The Moments that Matter’ garden in support of St Giles Hospice, can no longer be exhibited as a show garden at the RHS Malvern Spring Festival in May 2020, before going on to be relocated as a real-life garden space in the grounds of the hospice in Whittington.
In response to the news St Giles Hospice said;
“We thank everyone for their support and interest in the RHS Garden project – the response has been phenomenal.
“The work Karen Tatlow has put into this project has been amazing and we want to say a huge thank you to her for her commitment, passion and enthusiasm, as well as thanking everyone involved.
“We’re hoping to work with Karen in the future and will keep everyone posted about what’s next when we know and hope we can still call on everyone to get involved.
The project team would like to think we can make this garden happen in some way, at some point in the future. However, at the moment work on keeping the patients and visitors of St Giles Hospice safe, must of course be the priority.
At present therefore, the St Giles garden project is officially ‘on hold’ and we ask everyone involved in the project to bear with us, while we work through the ramifications of the RHS Malvern Spring Festival being cancelled.
As next steps become clear we will of course update the project website and share information via the St Giles Hospice Show Garden Blog and associated social media platforms. In particular, information around the metal Sunflowers will be shared soon.
“I would like to thank everyone, from the bottom of my heart, that has been involved in the St Giles garden project so far. The support we have received from companies, the local community and volunteers, has been nothing short of awe inspiring and I am so very sorry we can’t go ahead right now.
“I would also like to thank everyone for all the many kind messages I have received in response to the news that the show has been cancelled. I hope very much the garden will go ahead in some way and all the work over the last six months will come to fruition at some point.Karen Tatlow – garden designer