News & Blogs

We're sponsoring award winning garden at the Chelsea Flower Show

We’re proud to be sponsoring an award winning project at the Chelsea Flower Show which aims to replicate the experience of being in a hospice garden.

Alison and Stephen

The Garden Bed features a real hospital bed as its centrepiece and invites visitors to view the hospice garden through the eyes of the patient. A natural ‘quilt’ lies across the bed, woven with foliage and flowers.

The design has been created by lifelong friends Alison Doxey and Stephen Welch to highlight the advantages of designing accessible hospice gardens – and the stunning display won a Gold Medal in the Artisan Gardens category.

Andrew Moore, Chief Merchandising Officer at Asda, said: “Asda is absolutely thrilled to be sponsoring The Garden Bed at The Chelsea Flower Show this year. The garden, designed by Alison Doxey and Stephen Welch, is a wonderful concept and we’re excitedly looking forward to seeing it in its full glory.”

Alison is an English Master Florist and Stephen is a chartered landscape architect with a Masters in Landscape Design. They’ve combined their love of gardens and unique mix of skills and experience to design and create the garden.

The Garden Bed is intended to illustrate how a bed can easily be manoeuvred from a hospice room to the garden. The design is simple and homely – filled with bulbs, perennials, shrubs and trees. The garden is enclosed by a clipped Yew hedge which creates a safe, secluded and private space.

The Garden Bed

It’s inspired by a garden that Stephen designed at Les Bourgs Hospice in Guernsey, in which residents’ beds can be taken into the garden, a simple concept that has proven crucial to the well-being of residents and their families.

Stephen said: "There comes a time when many of us face the challenge of our loved ones needing hospice care. These gardens are somewhere for patients, friends and families to spend time together, a beautiful restful sanctuary.

“We are delighted that the concept of our garden has been recognised as one of the gardens that embodies the Health, Happiness and Horticulture theme of this year’s show.”

The Chelsea Flower Show will be held at Royal Hospital Chelsea in London on the 24th – 28th May. The judging has already started, and the garden could even be in with a chance of winning the People’s Choice Award in the Artisan Garden category. See it here

Posted in News & Blogs on 19 May 2016