It’s an amazing week here at the Hampton Court Palace flower show- incredible gardens, horticultural wonders and stands selling everything from bronze frogs to wooden houses on legs! The highlight for myself and partner John, however, was winning the Silver-Gilt medal for our garden inspired by the NSPCC.
Recent dark and disturbing headlines have made this Summer a busy one for the NSPCC, but I feel that our garden represents the hope and consistency of the work this great organization provides.
Our garden celebrates the 130 year birthday of the NSPCC, demonstrating that through tumultuous change, war and turmoil, the organization stands strong as a bulwark against child abuse.
The garden moves from the Victorian era to the 1920s, then from the ’70s through to the modern day. The plants and paving change in line with the eras; as do the toys. All the toys featured in the garden were chosen by children whose lives have been positively impacted by the NSPCC.
One of the most touching aspects of the space were the 130 jam jars dotted around the garden containing messages of hope for the future written by children.
It’s easy to become saddened and depressed in this modern world, but our NSPCC garden shows that while those that provide incredible hope and fortitude are around, the compassionate, righteous and truly humane side of humanity will continue to shine through.
To find out more about the NSPCC and to offer your support, visit their website-
Till next time,