Owen Griffiths, Head Gardener at Horatio’s Garden Wales, has been helping to bring the charity’s show garden to life at RHS Chelsea Flower Show in preparation for its opening next week.
Based in Llandough, Owen leads the team to care for people and plants at the beautiful Horatio’s Garden Wales. Based at the Welsh Spinal Cord Injury and Neuro Rehabilitation Centre, it nurtures wellbeing after spinal injury, offering horticultural therapy and arts programmes for patients.
This week, Owen has joined the charity’s build team led by Ryan Alexander Associates in Chelsea to help create the charity’s prestigious show garden at the world’s leading flower show, supported by Project Giving Back.
Horatio’s Garden Chelsea will be the event’s first show garden with mobility needs as its heart. Designed by Charlotte Harris and Hugo Bugg of Harris Bugg Studio, who widely consulted with the Horatio’s Garden community to inform the design, it will be an immersive, restorative haven – the antithesis of a busy, clinical hospital environment. After Chelsea, it will travel to the Princess Royal Spinal Injuries Centre Sheffield as its legacy home to become the eight Horatio’s Garden.
Owen Griffiths said: “Being part of the team responsible for the creation of this magnificent garden at Chelsea Flower Show has been a thrilling experience. With accessibility at its core, the design showcases the power of nature to benefit health and well-being. I can’t wait for the garden’s homecoming at the Princess Royal Spinal Injuries Centre where it will make a tremendous difference to so many people.”
Members of the public can support Horatio’s Garden in the prominent ‘People’s Choice’ vote which opens on Wednesday 24 May at 7pm for 24 hours.