The Hospice of St Francis, Berkhamsted
Sunday 16th September
12.30pm - 5.00pm
Our online ticket registration has now closed, however tickets can still be purchased from all our shops and on the day!
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 help Myeloma UK pay for the cost of the garden at Chelsea and cover the cost of installing it at the Hospice. The garden is a gift to the Hospice from Myeloma UK and Peter and has not cost the Hospice a penny.
It is hoped that the Grand Opening will raise a substantial amount for Hospice care.
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.
Tickets are available to buy from the Hospice reception, all our shops and on the day!
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.
*Entry only permitted upon purchase of a ticket(s)
There will be priority parking at the Hospice for people with limited mobility and volunteers.
All other guests should park at Egerton Rothesay School (Durrants Lane, Berkhamsted, HP4 3UJ), where regular courtesy shuttle buses will run throughout the afternoon. The first shuttle will leave the school (from the front of the main car park just inside the front gates) at 12.20pm, and then approx every 5-7 minutes.
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Chelsea Garden Opening Timings
- 12.30pm - 1.30pm: Welcome glass of prosecco (or alternative) and canapes to be served.
- Live music provided throughout the afternoon courtesy of steelpan pioneer, Sterling Betancourt, MBE, and his band.
- 12.45pm - 4.30pm: Bar open in the Spring Room, offering prosecco, wine and soft drinks for a donation to the Hospice.
- Myeloma UK film of the Garden at Chelsea and Peter King’s interview with BBC London News at the Hospice playing in the Spring Room.
- 1.30pm: Official Garden Opening to include speeches by the CEO of Myeloma UK, Rosemarie Finley, and Hospice CEO Kate Phipps-Wiltshire with official unveiling by Dame Carolyn McCall, OBE, CEO of ITV.
- Stalls including the Herts Wildlife Trust, Butterfly Conservation, bee displays, Ned’s Nests, Myeloma UK, The Hospice of St Francis and the sale of Narcissi bulbs - open throughout the afternoon.
- 2.15pm - 3pm: First talk in the marquee by the garden’s designers, John Everiss and Francesca Murrell.
- 2.15pm and 3.30pm: Garden Tours available, led by members of the volunteer gardening team.
- 3.30pm - 4.15pm: Second Marquee talk if required depending on attendee numbers.
- 3pm - 4.30pm: Teas, coffees and cakes available for a donation to the Hospice.
- 5pm: Close
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