Horatio's Garden wows the crowds at Chelsea

Horatio's Garden wows the crowds at Chelsea

Published at 9:25am 21st May 2019. (Updated at 9:53am 21st May 2019)

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The Salisbury based charity has a stand at this year's RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

Horatio's Garden has been setting up special open spaces for spinal injuries patients and their families at hospitals for the last seven years.

The first was created at the Duke of Cornwall Spinal Unit at Salisbury District Hospital in 2012, and was created by multiple Chelsea Gold Medal winner Cleve West.

Horatio's Garden Salisbury September 2018
The Horatio's Garden at Salisbury District Hospital opened in 2012, in memory of Bishopstone teenager Horatio Chapple

The charity has a long association with other Chelsea award winners too - with the Glasgow, Stoke Mandeville and London gardens designed by prominent horticulturalists.

WHAT IS HORATIO'S GARDEN DOING AT CHELSEA?

The charity's stand is a way of raising the profile of the charity even further.

It comes just a couple of weeks after Princess Eugenie was announced as a patron of the charity, as she has personal experience of spinal treatment.

Princess Eugenie Horatio's Garden
Horatio's Garden royal patron Princess Eugenie visiting the Glasgow site

The charity's been at RHS Chelsea Flower Show for a number of years, and is also taking the opportunity to sell their merchandise.

Horatio's Garden Anneka Rice Chelsea
TV presenter and radio host Anneka Rice picked up a recycled leather bag from the Horatio's Garden stand on the opening day of the Show

Special edition Emma Bridgewater mugs and wooden keyrings are help to raise funds to keep the gardens maintained.

As well as the initial building costs for the gardens, with two under construction and an appeal starting soon for the sixth one around the country - it costs the charity more than £30,000 a year for the upkeep of each site.

Horatio's Garden Chelsea May 2019
A Chelsea pensioner visits the Horatio's Garden stand at the RHS Show

Tom Stuart-Smith, who has designed Horatio's Garden London said:

"We all know that gardening has this enormous impact on the quality of people's lives. Here is something that offers hope, change, and growth."

MORE FUNDRAISING TO COME FOR HORATIO'S GARDEN:

This June will also see the charity's Fabulous Summer Tea Party Week taking place (3rd to 9th June) with events planned by supporters and at each of the Horatio's Gardens.

That campaign's had the backing of acting legend Joanna Lumley.

Horatio's Garden Summer Tea Party April 2019
Will you host a Fabulous Summer Tea Party for Horatio's Garden

The Tea Party at Horatio's Garden Salisbury will be on Sunday 9th June between 2.00 and 5.00pm.

Live entertainment, a plant sale and cream teas will be put on throughout the afternoon, with all the money raised going back into the garden.

Tickets to the tea party are on sale now at a cost of £10 per adult and £5 per child and are available from the Horatio's Garden website.

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