Building A Legacy From The RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2016
The Stunning Coccolith sculpture that formed the centre piece of Brewin Dolphin’s medal winning 2016 RHS Chelsea Flower show garden has been donated to Horatio’s Garden at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Spinal Injuries Unit in Glasgow.
Horatio’s Garden is a charity that creates and lovingly cares for beautiful accessible gardens in NHS spinal injury centres, to provide stunning sanctuaries for patients and their family and friends.
Following a capital appeal, £500,000 was raised in just six months to enable the building work to start on the garden in March this year. Throughout the summer, a team of volunteers have been working tirelessly to prepare the garden for the opening.
Designed by award-winning garden designer, James Alexander-Sinclair, who described the space as “The most meaningful garden I have ever designed.” Horatio’s Garden is made up of six distinct spaces, each with a different purpose and designed to stimulate different senses – sight, smell, touch and all providing a sense of wellbeing. The courtyard is at the heart of the unit and is accessible to everyone to enjoy.
There is a woodland garden overlooked by the wards to encourage wildlife into the garden, a play garden for children who are visiting relatives in the unit and a physiotherapy garden which will be functional as well as beautiful.
Stephen Martin, Head of Brewin Dolphin’s Glasgow office and Rosy Hardy, designer of Brewin Dolphin’s 2016 RHS Chelsea Flower Show garden and winner of 21 gold medals handed over the Coccolith sculpture, which has been reimagined into 3 smaller sculptures, to better blend with the low-growing shrubbery of the scented garden.
According to Stephen Martin: “Both Brewin Dolphin and designer Rosy Hardy were keen to create a legacy for the garden. It is always sad to see the show gardens disassembled after such hard work has gone into the design and building them. In this instance it’s exciting to know that the garden will live on at the fabulous Horatio’s Garden in Glasgow and can be enjoyed by others for many years to come.”
This is the second legacy made by Brewin Dolphin to Horatio’s Garden. It donated a mature beech hedge from its Chelsea winning garden 2012 designed by Clive West, to Horatio’s Garden in the Duke of Cornwall Spinal Treatment Centre, Salisbury District Hospital.