The health and wellbeing benefits of gardening will be celebrated in a garden specially designed for Thrive at one of the country’s most prestigious flower shows.
It will be unveiled at RHS Chatsworth and will form part of a new Mindfulness Gardens category at the show, which runs from 5th-9th June.
Designer Richard Rogers (pictured below) is creating the Reflective Mind Garden which aims to bring to life how gardening and gardens can help people facing stress, anxiety and other mental health issues.
Richard’s striking design will incorporate sculpture, water, angular blocks, as well as trees, hedging and several hundred plants.
Thrive CEO Kathryn Rossiter said: `We are delighted that the RHS has created this new category at Chatsworth because it highlights the growing recognition of the power of gardens and gardening to improve our mental health and wellbeing.
'As we celebrate our 40th year, it’s fitting that there will be a garden at this prestigious event which highlights the health benefits that Thrive promotes.’
A focal point of the garden, created to promote the work of Thrive and sponsored by fragrance company To The Fairest, will be a 1.8-metre high face sculptured from bronze created by Simon Gudgeon. Positioned against a background of trees and planting, it aims to evoke feelings of calm while reinforcing the link between nature and wellbeing.
Richard Rogers said, `With the increasing busyness and pressures of everyday life, the value of taking time out is so important. In this garden, the design and the planting will all invite the visitor to stop, pause and reflect.
'Spending time in nature has been shown to help reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression, while improving mood, and I’m hoping this garden will enable more people to appreciate these benefits and learn more about the great work that Thrive does.’
Learn more about how gardening can improve mental health