The Cancer Research UK Legacy Garden

Tatton Garden

In more detail

  • A copper beech hedge provides the perfect backdrop to the cool planting scheme of hydrangeas, agapanthus and white foxgloves
  • A gentle tranquillity to the garden is reflected in the shade loving ferns and hostas beneath a green-roofed canopy

About the garden

The Cancer Research UK Legacy Garden is inspired by a Greek proverb. The proverb states, ‘A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in’. Similarly progress is made possible when people leave a gift in their Will to the charity.
At the heart of the garden is a specimen tree. It is nurtured by five water rills flowing towards the central bed, symbolising the link between legacy pledgers and researchers, working to help beat cancer for future generations. 
A circular canopy with a green roof shelters the path that surrounds the tree and provides a sheltered spot for pause and reflection. A mature copper beech hedge surrounds the larger garden offering a sense of enclosure. Woodland planting, interesting textures and colourful blooms give the garden a feel of a British ‘rainforest’.

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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.