A return to Chelsea Flower Show 2013 with Arthritis Research UK Garden.
Chris Beardshaw is delighted to be returning to RHS Chelsea Flower Show in 2013 with Arthritis Research UK for what will be a very personal story in the design of his show garden having lived with a form of the disease since his early teens.
The Arthritis Research UK Garden will raise awareness of the charity’s work which offers support to over 10 million people in the UK living with the condition. Chris will reflect the stages and emotions that people may often experience when faced with a diagnosis of arthritis, from an initial lack of understanding and confusion, through to a point where they are informed about the disease and able to manage their pain.
This personal journey and emotions of someone with arthritis will be represented across three key garden areas. It begins with the confusion at diagnosis in the Veiled Garden, a shaded, woodland garden featuring a contemporary retreat and sculpture. A stepping stone pathway leads to the Lucid Garden which is open and formal, representing the wide-range of information Arthritis Research UK provides to people with arthritis. The final section, the Radiant Garden, moves the journey forward into a slightly sunken garden where exuberant, vibrant planting provides warmth, openness and confidence as the person with arthritis learns to manage their condition.
The journey is one seven times RHS gold medal winner, Chris Beardshaw, can strongly relate to. He said: “I was diagnosed with a form of rheumatoid arthritis in my early teens and was told I would most likely be in a wheelchair at the age of 19 years old. So, not only do I have a very strong personal reason why I was so keen to work with Arthritis Research UK, but I wanted to create a garden that reflects the way people with arthritis feel about the disease and to translate those emotions into a sequence of vistas and a journey through the garden. Each stage in the garden provides a very specific purpose and the planting combinations and even individual plants, all have relevance. I want this garden to showcase what Arthritis Research UK represents and for people who visit the garden to learn about the journey that people with arthritis go on.”
Arthritis Research UK, Chief Executive, Dr Liam O’Toole: “We are thrilled Chris is designing the Arthritis Research UK garden and look forward to having a presence once again at RHS Chelsea Flower Show in 2013.
“This is such a unique opportunity for us to tell a story of the journey someone with arthritis goes on through garden design and we’re delighted that Chris is making this the focus of the garden. As a charity we are the biggest funder into the research into the cause, treatment and cure of all forms of arthritis in the UK. The garden will represent the knowledge and information we provide to change the lives of people with the condition and their carers.”
We are looking forward to telling you more about the garden during the lead up to the show so please look out for photos and stories on the website, facebook, twitter and www.arthritisresearchuk.org