Championing the positive power of plants to improve lives, the garden represents a child's imagination as it blossoms in response to the freedom gifted by art therapy. Through this escape into art, children find coping strategies to deal with life.
Inspiration comes from Wonka's factory, Oz and Wonderland. Where colour is vivid and exuberant, shape and form are exaggerated. And, where the inner world of a child's anxiety is expressed as an outer wonderland.
Visitors will find the 'Dolly Mixture' stream, brimming with bright candelabra primulas; coloured panels featuring simplified children's artwork; kinetic sculptures and sound art illustrating the power of art to unlock imagination encouraging us to see and hear in new ways.
The garden also seeks to highlight the vital role specialist growers play within UK horticulture.
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Teapot Trust is a mental health charity that provides support for children and families coping with chronic conditions by delivering art therapy.
One in four children and young people in the UK live with chronic illness and typically, feel defined by their condition, often causing anxiety and depression. Art therapy provides an escape from the pain and stigma of a chronic health condition.
The garden will be relocated to the Royal Hospital for Children, Glasgow affording long term benefits and access to transformational art therapy. The garden site is located close to the main entrance to the children’s hospital and will be an inclusive safe space for patients, staff and visitors, including accessible walkways, companion seating and later, an art therapy studio. The formal opening is expected in Spring 2024.
Head to the link below to find out more about the garden and the people involved in its creation and legacy.