A memorial garden has been created to celebrate the life of Jo Yeates, the young landscape architect who was killed last year
Jo, who worked at Building Design Partnership in Bristol, went missing on 17 December 2010. Her body was subsequently discovered on 25 December 2010, and Vincent Tabak is currently being tried with her murder.
Members of the Landscape Institute South East Branch decided to create the garden, which will be located at the Sir Harold Hillier Gardens and Arboretum, Hampshire. This is an appropriate setting as Jo worked there in her student days and it is close to her parents’ home.
The design, which has been approved by Mr and Mrs Yeates, is based on the flowing shape of a butterfly wing. This will be expressed in the form of paving and a sculptural timber seat, which will be embraced with grass and wildflowers. As a student, Jo designed a butterfly garden, and wildflowers were close to her heart.
The garden will be given its own special context, with new path links, shrubs and a tree to be chosen by Jo’s parents. It is a concept and theme that is in tune with Jo’s likes and personality, and will become a place that can be enjoyed by anyone.
LI members are being encouraged to make a donation to fund the construction of the garden. All funds will be used in Jo’s memory; if more is received than is needed for the garden, the rest will be used to endow a placement for a landscape student in the Arboretum.