The expression ‘This too shall pass’ is a mantra passed between mothers navigating the challenges of raising young children and the associated mental health challenges that can come with it, from post natal depression, to anxiety and isolation. This garden is a garden for mothers and represents a place of transition: from despair to hope.
A cloister of bronze-toned walls and archways represent how long days at home with a baby can feel like both a sanctuary and a cage. A fractured pathway through the garden demonstrates the physical and mental journey of rupture and repair. For the planting, what starts as a restrained, muted palette gives way to a joyful, feminine celebration of colour, as the road to recovery, supported by other mothers, becomes clear.
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Since 1981 Mothers for Mothers has supported families affected by perinatal mental illness, offering support to women during pregnancy and until their youngest child attends school through support services across Bristol, South Gloucestershire and North Somerset.
The Mothers for Mothers Garden has been relocated to Hartcliffe City Farm in Bristol, where it has become a place for clients to receive one to one support. Having the plants at Hartcliffe City Farm also allows the local community to experience the garden and encourage visitors from other parts of Bristol.
Head to the link below to find out more about the garden and the people involved in its creation and legacy.