Health, happiness and horticulture are this year’s theme
Landscape architect Stephen Welch and master florist Alison Doxey have designed a garden for the forthcoming Chelsea Flower Show in keeping with this year's theme of 'health, happiness and horticulture'. Garden Bed speaks to the therapeutic powers of the natural environment, particularly for those in palliative care.
Described by its creators as 'invigorating and calming, restorative and contemplative', the Garden Bed will demonstrate the holistic benefits of a beautiful space and the healing potential of nature. Plants commonly found in domestic gardens – bulbs, perennials, trees, grasses, and other plants – will provide comfort and familiarity. There will also be a yew hedge for privacy and security. Other homely touches include artisan ceramic pots, a water feature, and a real floral quilt woven by Alison. Visitors will view Garden Bed from the perspective of a patient lying in the bed.
Commenting on the health and well-being benefits of nature and plants, Alison said: 'It is important to me that the beauty, healing properties and sensory elements of the plant material and design emphasise the importance of a garden in our lives at any time. I hope Garden Bed’s message is if you reconnect with nature through a garden it can lift your spirits, restore your senses and open your heart.'
The piece is inspired by Stephen's work for Les Bourgs hospice in Guernsey, where patients' beds can be wheeled into the garden. It is sponsored by Asda and will be built by Frost Landscapes.
Chelsea Flower Show will be held at Royal Hospital Chelsea, London, on the 24–28 May. Book tickets here