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Cruse Bereavement Care: 'A Time for Everything'

A garden of emotions with planting to symbolise the journey taken by those dealing with terminal illness

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  • A water feature and central rill disect the garden and lead to a peaceful reflective pool
  • Mature trees provide shade to represent support given by consultants and doctors during difficult times
  • Dry stone walling and the rill allude to the jolts of memory experienced by families as they struggle to deal with sadness and loss during their busy lives
  • From the front to the back of the garden, the flower and foliage colour changes from dark to light

About the Garden

A personal and shared family experience of the journey of terminal illness and death has informed the design for this garden, dedicated to the charity Cruse Bereavement Care. Illustrating the contrasting painful experience of a tragic diagnosis with the opportunity to create precious moments with a loved one, and a final acceptance of peace has found expression in the planting palette.

The garden contains contrasting styles and materials, mixing old and new, classic and contemporary, smooth and uncomfortable. Vibrant planting highlights that life around us never really slows, yet at the same time it offers a reflective place to sit, surrounded by rough and uneven drystone walls, and looking over water that bubbles up and then flows down a smooth rill, before disappearing beneath the still reflection pool.

Additional sponsors: Miles Nurseries; John A Stephens.

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The Royal Horticultural Society is the UK’s leading gardening charity. We aim to enrich everyone’s life through plants, and make the UK a greener and more beautiful place.