It’s three years since the final plans were drawn up for Horatio’s Garden at the Duke of Cornwall’s Spinal Treatment Centre, Salisbury. In that time we have seen a garden emerge from a sea of mud. Drytone spines, (two broken, one complete), metaphorically allude to the journey many people make during their long stay at the centre coming to terms with life-changing injuries. Planting beds bursting with colour, texture, form and scent bring insects and birds and, of course, people. Here they enjoy sun, wind, rain, frost and snow, fresh air, conversation, exercise, solitude, tears and laughter. All the things we take for granted are amplified here. They are basic needs that get us through our busy lives when we are fit and well. How important are they when we are at our most vulnerable?
The garden won three awards at the Society of Garden Designers’ Awards Ceremony last week: Public or Commercial Space Award, Homes and Gardens People’s Choice Award and Judges’ Award. Naturally, we were thrilled that the enthusiasm for this garden has been so overwhelming.
There were no acceptance speeches at the SGD Awards (I was pleased about that) but, in hindsight, it would have been nice to acknowledge all the donations together with the physical help and encouragement from so many people. So…
“A big thank you to the Society of Garden Designers for organising this amazing event. These awards are for Horatio Chapple and all those who have put so much hard work into creating this garden. Thank you everyone who have contributed their love and support, especially Olivia Chapple and her family who, in the face of personal tragedy, have been nothing short of inspirational in helping to make Horatio’s dream a reality.“