2013 – The Arthritis Research UK Garden

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The garden is designed to reflect the journey and emotions of someone with arthritis, from lack of understanding and confusion following diagnosis to a point of being informed and able to manage pain.

This journey is represented across three key areas in the garden. The shaded, woodland Veiled Garden features a contemporary retreat and sculpture and a stepping stone pathway that leads to the Lucid Garden. This open, formal area features a reflective pool with a focal sculpture and represents clarity. Plants include Dianthus ‘Haytor White’, Anthyrium nipponicum pictum, Euphorbia ‘White Swan’ and Astrantia ‘White Giant’.

In the slightly sunken Radiant Garden, exuberant, vibrant planting provides warmth, openness and confidence as the person with arthritis learns to manage their condition and keep doing the things they love. A dense canopy of woodland trees is underplanted with Rosa glauca, Mertansia virginicaTrillium luteumDigitalis purpurea ‘Snow Thimble’, Corydalis ‘Blackberry Wine’ and Brunnera ‘Jack Frost’.

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