The Hospice of St Francis, Berkhamsted
Sunday 16th September
12.30pm - 5.00pm
A garden which brought the wow factor to this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show is to open at The Hospice of St Francis - one of only nine of the 27 gardens exhibited to be relocated in its entirety.
The designers of the Silver-Gilt winning Myeloma UK Garden, John Everiss and Francesca Murrell, will give talks about its creation and planting scheme and Dame Carolyn McCall, DBE, OBE and the first female Chief Executive of ITV, together with Rosemarie Finley, CEO of Myeloma UK, will officially cut the ribbon.
Local resident Peter King, from Great Gaddesden, was the inspiration for the garden after losing both his wife Gill and brother Graham to myeloma in 2016. After Chelsea, Peter raised over £11,000 through a crowdfunding campaign to bring the garden to the Hospice.
Rising from the garden’s centre is an enormous translucent sculpture, built from a total of almost 200 layers of Arctic blue acrylic, and modelled on Peter and Gill’s daughter, Gemma Peace.
Book your tickets here* - £20 each
Limited seats available
Tickets are also available to buy from the Hospice reception and all our shops
Kate Phipps-Wiltshire, Hospice CEO, said: “We are honoured and excited to be giving a permanent home to a stunning Chelsea Flower Show garden, which will not only enhance our beautiful existing gardens but is a testament to Peter and Gill’s love and Peter’s determination to make a difference for others.
“As we approach our 40th birthday next year, the garden’s name Seeds of Hope seems serendipitous as we sow the seeds for the next 40 years of our care.”
Garden-lovers* will be welcomed to the Hospice between 12.30pm and 5pm. Ticket price includes guest speakers, a welcome glass of fizz, canapes, live music from steel pan pioneer Sterling Betancourt MBE and his band, butterfly and bee displays as well as tours of the Hospice’s seven-acre gardens.
Free parking will be available at the Hospice and nearby, at Egerton Rothesay School, Durrants Lane, Berkhamsted, HP4 3UJ, with a courtesy mini-bus shuttle.
*Entry only permitted upon purchase of a ticket(s)
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