Health and wellbeing at Tatton
A theme of relaxation and wellbeing flowed through the Back to Back Gardens, offering take-home trends to promote a sense of tranquillity
Relaxation is very important, particularly as our lives grow busier, and can really improve our physical, mental and emotional wellbeing. Our gardens provide such an important place for us to sit, enjoy plants, read, contemplate and perhaps meditate - switching off from everyday life without technology and releasing any tension.
The Back to Back Gardens at RHS Flower Show Tatton Park incorporated some elements, illustrated below, that we can take home to re-create in our own gardens, enabling us to create a perfect relaxing haven.
Scented planting is a simple way to provide calming effects for the human body. The gardens incorporated thyme, sage, fennel, lavender and mint around the pathways, instantly putting us at ease and producing scent when stepped upon. Scented sweet peas weaved around the metal seating in the Arley's Thyme to Retreat garden and star jasmine (Trachelospermum jasminoides) climbed the boundary walls of the Macmillan Legacy Garden enveloping the circular seating area in warm summer scent.
Relaxed seating is one of the key things that can be added to the garden to let us sit and rest, whether it becomes the central focus or is tucked away against a boundary wall. In the Arley's Thyme to Retreat garden, a metal bench was softened by cushions and rested on York paving, surrounded by a circular metal arbour. It was designed by James Youd to create a calm and peaceful retreat. Relaxation, Meditation used white washed walls and white granite to create seating that was more light in colour, restful and curved. It incorporated a cushioned seat with a line of cushions along the back to sink into. Green Dreams, designed by Sue Beesley and Will Parks, featured a circular day bed in the centre of the garden with crisp white linen that invited visitors to lay back and enjoy a 'spa' day in their own home.
For further inspiration about health and wellbeing in your garden, read more from the Health & Horticulture Conference.