St John's Hospice 'A Modern Apothecary'
- Created on Thursday, 30 June 2016 10:56
At this years RHS Chelsea Flower Show we teamed up with award winning horticulturalist Jekka McVicar with a vision of bringing her stunning creation 'A Modern Apothecary' back to St John's Hospice. The showcase was a huge success with visits to our garden from Her Majesty The Queen, Princess Anne and Maureen Lipman to name just a few. The garden received an excellent Silver-Gilt award from the RHS judges and proved extremely popular with visitors to the show.
Why do we need a new garden?
There are currently very limited outside spaces for patients and their families to enjoy. The only accesible area is a small space towards the back of our Day Centre. The new garden will be located at the back of our Inpatient Unit and patients will be able to see it from their beds.
A new garden would transforn our green spaces at the front of St John's. Often our patients are too unwell to be far from our nurses and very much miss the simple pleasures we take for granted. Fresh air, plants, herbs and flowers usually enjoyed slowly drift out of reach for our patients as they become too ill to go for walks of enjoy caring for their own gardens. As the Hospice is based in Central London, many of our patients live in small flats and do not have their own outside space at home.
Below you can watch the creation of the garden and the excellent coverage it received for St John's Hospice.