May 25, 2013

RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2013 – The Arthritis Research UK Garden by Chris Beardshaw

I was so pleased to hear today that Chris Beardshaw‘s show garden, The Arthritis Research UK Garden, has won the People’s Choice Award at this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

When I first saw Chris’s garden on Monday at Press Day, I was completely taken by it and especially the striking sculpture below by Anna Gillespie, called ‘To the Limit’.

Here are some images of the wonderful design…






Split into three different sections, the garden reflects the personal journey and emotions of someone with arthritis, from confusion and lack of understanding following a diagnosis, to a point where they are informed about the disease and able to manage their pain.

For Chris, designing this garden evoked personal memories from his early teens, when he was diagnosed with a form of rheumatoid arthritis.

Many congratulations to Chris, and Keith Chapman Landscapes the contractor, on being awarded a Gold Medal.

If you’d like to keep up-to-date with Chris’s news, he’s on Twitter and Facebook.

(Images : Rona Wheeldon for Flowerona)

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