See Chelsea gold winning garden at Thrive open dayBy Linda Fort
July 16, 2010
A horticultural charity will be throwing open its gates on Sunday to show off its golden garden.
Thrive in Beech Hill sponsored a show garden at Chelsea Flower Show in May and won a coveted Royal Horticultural Society gold medal.
And now the garden called the Unexpected Gardener, designed by Jo Thompson, has been brought back to become a permanent feature in the gardens at the charity’s Trunkwell Garden Project.
The garden, which won gold in the Urban Garden category, will be on show from 2pm to 4.30pm on Sunday and on the following Sunday, July 25.
Miss Thompson, based in Kent, designed the garden using a combination of colourful, low-maintenance plants and flowers and a range of practical features such as raised planting beds for easy access and non-slip flooring.
The garden shows how age or disability does not mean an end to gardening.
Visitors coming to see the Chelsea garden will also be able to wander round the three-acre Victorian walled garden at Beech Hill which is planted and maintained by disabled gardeners.
Thrive therapists will offer guided tours of the gardens or visitors can wander around at their own pace.
All the gardens are wheelchair accessible and highlights include formal and informal gardens, a potager and sensory and cottage gardens.
The charity has also organised a plant swap on each day allowing visitors to bring a plant, swap it for another and make a donation to Thrive.
With the money raised, as part of the Plant A Difference campaign, the charity will send a plant box worth £35, full of ready to plant vegetables, herbs or perennials, directly to the door of a disabled person.
Thrive’s chief executive Nicci Carruthers said: “Both events offer a wonderful afternoon out and I hope as many people as possible will take up the chance to see our super Chelsea garden in all its glory here at Thrive.
“We look forward to seeing you on the day.”
Plants will be on sale as well as homemade teas and cakes and admission will be £3.50 for adults and £1 for children.