The RHS Chelsea Flower Show is the major event in the UK's gardening calendar. It’s not always the gardens with the biggest budgets that catch your eye and inspire you. The Papworth Trust’s entry in the Artisan Gardens particularly caught my attention this year.
You certainly couldn’t miss the bright purple. The raised, accessible garden appealed to many senses. It had sound and movement to draw you in closer. Peter Eustance of Symphonic Gardens designed the garden as a musical instrument for the Papworth Trust.
|Papworth Trust's Garden at RHS Chelsea Flower Show|
A helpful booklet explained the charity’s work, the garden’s concept and involvement of Brunel University. The following inspirational words stood out on the cover:
Together we can
Listen * inspire * change
Dame Evelyn Glennie, the profoundly deaf, solo percussionist, provided the inspiration. She was fascinated by the “sea music” produced by the women of the Vanuatu Islands. They create rhythmic songs using only their hands, water and voices.
Making a difference
The Papworth Trust aims to make a difference in the lives of disabled people, the elderly, their carers and families. They provide support for the disabled to achieve their ambitions and aspirations. The charity wants to change the way society sees disabled people – to highlight abilities rather than disabilities.
The charity appreciates what it means to the disabled to maintain independence both inside and outside their homes. It also provides support to find a job that right for an individual’s abilities and help them learn new skills.
This small RHS Chelsea garden raised awareness of the charity’s work.
Together we can is a great inspirational motto for all visitors to take away from the show.
The Papworth Trust’s website calls out:
Help us create a world where disabled people are seen
for what they can do
Three YouTube videos of the garden and its development follow:
The team - Dame Evelyn Glennie, Peter Eustance, Brunel University students:
Garden sound clip:
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