We are appealing to you to help create a new garden for our patients and their families at the Hospice. Our vision is to bring a stunning garden at Chelsea Flower Show to St John's so that our patients, families and staff have a tranquil oasis of calm outside their bedrooms and away from clinical areas.
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.
The space for the new garden
The garden has been designed by Jekka McVicor, an award winning herb grower and author. Jekka runs Jekka's Herb Farm, home to the largest collection of culinary herbs in the UK. She has a reputation that is second to none amongst gardening enthusiasts and celebrity chefs alike and has been awarded 62 Royal Horticultural Society medals including 14 gold medals at the Chelsea Flower Show.
The design of our garden is based on conversations with doctors and care professionals about what we can do to improve health in the context of gardens and plants. It is inspired by the healing power of plants and it will feature research based plants known to be of beneficial use to health and wellbeing.
The garden will be fully accessible for all our patients with paths wide enough to fit beds and wheelchairs. Benches will be positioned for quiet thought, reflection and relaxation.
Sounds and smells including lavender, herbs and wild flowers will be a delight for our patients and visitors who have often spent long periods in hospital.
The garden received a fantastic Silver-Gilt award from the RHS judges and provided excellent exposure for St John's and all of the valuable work and care that we provide to over 3,000 patients a year.
For more information about the garden or to make a donation over the phone, do get in touch on 020 7806 4011.