The BBC One Show and RHS Garden of Hope will illustrate how gardening and growing plants can bring hope and joy, as people look towards enjoying the fruits of their labour while the plants flourish and grow.
The garden will continue to give comfort and joy long after the September show when it moves to the Rosewood Mother and Baby Unit in Dartford. The unit is part of the Kent and Medway NHS Social Care Partnership Trust, a specialist in-patient centre for new mothers with serious mental health issues, and their babies. It will provide a safe, beautiful sanctuary and place of hope for the women and their babies.
The natural artwork will be both beautiful and practical, incorporating covered seating areas, a child’s swing, and creating the feeling of a big hug. Once installed at Rosewood it will provide safe places for the mothers and their newborns.
Garden designer Arit Anderson said: “The most important part of this Garden is that it will end up at the Mother and Baby unit, so the whole design for RHS Chelsea Flower Show has been created around where the garden will end up, not where it will start.
But as well as focussing on where the garden will end up, Arit has taken inspiration from the change in season for RHS Chelsea, a first in its 108-year history, and will be selecting plants to celebrate and reflect this change. The garden will have a natural feel, with a number of trees, some turning with autumnal colours, and areas of dense rich, green planting at the front, becoming more colourful as you walk through.
Arit wants the garden to both feed the soul and, with it being harvest time, feed our bodies too with a selection of edible plants.
The One Show will be asking its viewers to contribute by submitting a word that sums up how their gardens have helped them overcome the challenges of the last year along with the story behind that word. Some of these words will then be inscribed into the wooden sculpture.
Presenter Alex Jones said: “One Show viewers have told us time and again how important their gardens have been to them over the last year and I am so excited that The BBC One Show and RHS Garden of Hope will be able to reflect that, and that our viewers will be able to contribute inspirational words to the design.
“There will be loads of ideas for everyone to put into their own gardens too and we’ll be following the whole process, showing you exactly what goes into creating a beautiful garden at the world-famous RHS Chelsea Flower Show. I can’t wait to see it come to life.”
RHS Director of Gardens and Shows, Helena Pettit, said: “When you plant a bulb in autumn you are thinking of the tulip that will emerge in spring; when you plant a small tree you are thinking how over the years is will grow providing shade, privacy and a home for wildlife. Growing plants helps provide hope for the future and makes the world a greener and more beautiful place.”
Award-winning landscapers Landform Consultants will be building The BBC One Show and RHS Garden of Hope, both at RHS Chelsea and at the Rosewood Mother and Baby Unit. Mark Gregory and his team will be working closely with Arit to bring both gardens to life.
The BBC One Show and RHS Garden of Hope will be at the bottom of Main Avenue opposite the triangle, next to the RHS Hub.