Horatio’s Garden at RHS Chelsea Flower Show is a garden of sanctuary and hope. It embraces the mission of Horatio’s Garden charity to create and nurture beautiful, accessible and sustainable gardens in spinal centres for everyone affected by life-changing spinal injuries.
The garden will showcase the key qualities of these special spaces while incorporating influences from the Sheffield region, connecting it to its future permanent home at the Princess Royal Spinal Injuries Centre in Sheffield. Also designed by Harris Bugg Studio, this will be the eighth Horatio’s Garden, which 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 and puts the requirements of people with mobility needs at its heart. Tactile stone cairns give rhythm and structure - symbolic of wayfinding, they offer gentle guidance when the path is unclear. Water adds sensory experiences, animates the garden and encourages wildlife. The planting is influenced by the flora and fauna of the wooded-valley sides of the city of steel. An organic and discreet garden pod structure provides a cocooning place for physical and emotional shelter.
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Horatio’s Garden nurtures the wellbeing of people after spinal injury in beautiful, vibrant sanctuaries. Leading designers create accessible gardens where the charity’s team, volunteers and creatives care for people and plants alike. Its vision is to grow thriving communities and biodiverse gardens in all the UK’s 11 NHS spinal injury centres. (Also logo needs resizing)
The garden will be relocated to form the heart of a new, permanent Horatio’s Garden for patients and staff at the Princess Royal Spinal Injuries Centre in Sheffield. The regional centre of excellence is the second largest in the UK and cares for patients from a wide geographical area including Yorkshire, East Anglia and the East Midlands.
The garden will be run by the charity who will nurture it and keep it to a Chelsea standard for years to come. The charity’s team will provide garden therapy and creative activities in the garden to enhance patients’ recovery and well-being.
The garden is expected to open in 2024 and will be the eighth garden in the Horatio’s Garden family.
Head to the link below to find out more about the garden and the people involved in its creation and legacy.