Wednesday 29 June 2016

First Open Garden July 10

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For the first time Garden House Hospice Care will be opening its garden on July 10. Join us for a stroll around the garden, a chance to meet our gardener, enjoy a cup of tea and a slice of cake in aid of your local hospice. Entrance Adults £4, under 16’s free, no dogs please.

The wonderful garden at Garden House Hospice care is a valuable asset to patients, carers, families and the staff.  The vibrant colours and scents from the flowerbeds, the green lawns and woodland path are a delight for the senses, offering a calming place to spend time whilst at the hospice, providing a peaceful view from an inpatient’s window.

Come along to meet Karen Smith, head gardener who has tendered and cultivated the garden since 2007 from bare beds to the established garden which you can experience now. 

Karen comments:

“Managing the garden is a privilege it provides valuable comfort to both patient and families.

When I started the garden was almost bare and full of rubble, funds first had to go towards patient needs inside the building so we really did have to start from scratch.   At first the community would kindly donate plants or bring surplus plants that otherwise would have gone to compost, and this is how the garden began.  Gradually we were able to buy trees, shrubs, and plants to shape the garden.

Today the garden aims to be self-sufficient, through self-planting and propagation. I am now looking at how we can develop the garden further, managing out mature trees and bushes and replacing with younger plants. Future plans also include re-visiting a vegetable bed and fruit bushes, which patients seem to enjoy”.

The hospice gardens have been designed to give patients something to remind them of home, giving them a familiar emotional space to go to, staff can also take their breaks outside. In recent months Day Service patients have even been seen outside taking exercise classes, really utilising the garden as a hospice facility.

It is proven gardens play a powerful role in the care of our minds and bodies, an independent report, commissioned by the National Gardens Scheme.

Karen’s 21 years gardening experience includes Wyvale Garden Centre, an independent garden centre in Baldock, and Pioneer Nursery, Willian.  Career highlights include growing and exhibiting for Hampton Court and Chelsea Flower Show.  Karen manages the hospice garden with the assistance of up to 14 volunteers at any one time, and is always looking for more helpful volunteers.

We hope the public will come, spend some time in the garden and see what a wonderful space it is.

Managing the garden is a privilege it provides valuable comfort to both patient and families