Talented and green-fingered St Luke’s Cheshire Hospice supporters have marked the hospice’s landmark silver anniversary with a perfectly appropriate prize, a silver medal at the RHS Tatton Flower Show.
The hospice’s show garden, created to commentate St Luke’s’ 25th anniversary by a team of Foundation Degree Garden and Landscape Design students from Nantwich’s Reaseheath College, was unveiled in the picturesque surrounding of Tatton Park and wowed both the judges and the public from 25-28 July.
The garden, awash with eye-catching colours, was positioned in the show’s ‘Inspire’ zone – an area dedicated to cutting edge design and fresh ideas – and reflected the many positive aspects of St Luke’s, particularly the loyalty and dedication of its volunteers.
The Winsford-based adult hospice has provided invaluable care for people from Mid and South Cheshire suffering from cancer and other life-threatening illnesses since it was formed in 1988. Its longevity is testament to the hard work of its dedicated network of supporters in the community.
St Luke’s Manager of Volunteer Support Sara Evans said:
“A Silver medal really is the icing on the cake for what was a wonderful event.
“On behalf of the hospice, I would like to say a big thank you to the wonderfully talented Reaseheath team for all their hard work and to the volunteers who staffed the garden during the show.
“This was a wonderful opportunity for us to put St Luke’s on the map and to mark our 25th anniversary. It was an adventure for us, which we are sure will have many positive spin-offs.
“We are delighted the garden provided a topic for conversation and will be delighted if it has encouraged people to talk more openly about any health fears that they may have.”
The garden was staffed by representatives from St Luke’s every day who also offered complementary therapy treatments in exchange for donations to the hospice.
The garden’s lead designer, Rick Tomlinson, 28, from Sale, runs his own garden business and has just completed his Foundation Degree in Garden and Landscape Design at Reaseheath.
Rick explained the idea behind the fascinating garden:
“Within the garden, a large wildflower meadow landform was broken and inter-planted with harsh architectural grasses, representing the destruction and confusion illness can cause.
“The steeper side of the mound depicted the struggle that people connected to the Hospice go through, and also created a secluded tranquil space to sit and reflect amongst the colourful planting under the shade of the trees.
“Silver roses featured throughout the design, creating accents of reflective light and marking the 25th anniversary of St Luke’s Hospice.”
Rick’s design team was completed by fellow student’s Jess Hughes, Hannah Timmis, Daniel Guy, Josh Croke and Chantelle Pennington.
For more information and pictures of the garden visit the link below
St Lukes Tatton Garden