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From Darkness to Light

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This garden represents a journey undertaken by a person who has experienced a trauma in their life, such as illness or bereavement.

The initial trauma is symbolised by a tunnel as you enter the garden; it represents the dark times (it has small portholes to show glimpses of normality through vistas of the garden beyond). Travelling along the raised walkway, you turn a corner into a lighter, brighter place, which represents the concept of life getting better. The cascading water feature at the end of the path depicts a release into better times.

The planting and pathway create a sense of drama, changing from dark to lighter tones as you progress down the path. It symbolises the healing process and evokes happiness and calm.

The transition is marked with dark to light-toned delphiniums and the contrast of Ophiopogon planiscapus ‘Nigrescens’ (black mondo grass) with the silvery foliage of Senecio ‘Angel Wings’.

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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.