Horatio's Garden

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Back in the town where I grew up, in Salisbury, Wiltshire, there is a garden that has opened up at the hospital there... Horatio’s Garden is named after Horatio Chapple, who was a volunteer at the Duke of Cornwall Spinal Treatment Centre, Salisbury, in his school holidays. Tragically, he was killed at the age of 17 by a polar bear. After which, there were many donations that came in to make his dream of a garden at the hospital a reality. Horatio had researched what the patients wanted in a garden, and Cleve West became the man to put this into reality.

Horatio's Garden in Bloom

Sarah Raven has been an avid supporter of the charity since it's foundation, giving talks for Horatio's Garden held at Yeo Valley HQ. There are a great number of fantastic gardener's involved in the project (have a look at the list of supporters), including Prince Harry, Monty Don, Jekka McVicar, Eva Loeffler, James Alexander Sinclair... The design is clever and beautiful - based on the form of a spine, and includes an apple archway, sensory grasses and herbs, and 23 different trees. It will be wonderful to watch it grow and change with the seasons. You can even discover the entire planting plan on their website, which is rather clever. There's a new sculpture exhibition by David Worthington in the garden. The display includes UFO, a moving sculpture made of marble that gently rotates... intriguing.

Horatio's Garden Sculpture

Horatio's Garden in full bloom

This Sunday 23rd June is a Food and Plant Fair in the garden, and it would be marvellous if you had the opportunity to go and share your support. Choose lunch from a variety of stalls selling sushi, organic lamb burgers, paella, salads, strawberries and ice creams... and pick up local produce, vintage kitchen and garden equipment, crafts, gifts, baskets, pottery, etc. It's from 11am til 3pm and it's free entry. So plug SP2 8BJ into your sat nav and get on the road! Or, if you can't make it this weekend, then there's always something going on at Horatio's Garden - see their website for the Fundraising Events they've got coming up...

Thanks for reading,