The Queen was one of the first visitors to the new St John’s Hospice garden at the Chelsea Flower Show. She stopped off at ‘A Modern Apothecary’ – the St John’s Hospice garden – on a tour of the world famous event. She was greeted by our CEO Caroline Fox and the garden’s designer Jekka McVicar. Her Majesty was delighted to hear all about the garden, which features plants known to be beneficial to health and well being, and its lasting use back at the Hospice for patients and their families. The garden received a Silver Gilt award from the judges.
During the week long event up to 40,000 people visited the garden – and all were asked to consider a donation to our on-site Hospice, St John’s and made aware of the wide range of services that we offer via the Hospital and Hospice.
CEO Caroline Fox said: ”The level of interest in the Hospice Garden has been unbelievable. There is no doubt it has substantially raised awareness about all we do, while also raising substantial sums of money.” In October, the garden will be installed at the Hospice ready for patients and their loved ones to enjoy. Prior to then, the plans will be honed – with work starting as soon as the Grove End Road extension is completed.
CEO Caroline Fox said: “I’m delighted at the amazing success of this project so far and am extremely excited that we are able to bring it back to the Hospice so that patients and their families can enjoy it for years to come.”
“There is still a lot work to do – the installation involves moving at least 8 tonnes of soil for example! But I can’t wait for the grand opening. It will make such a big difference for patients and their families”.
‘A Modern Apothecary’ the St John’s Hospice garden was on the display at this years Chelsea Flower Show from 23rd to 28th May. We are still seeking additional funds to help our dream of bringing the garden back to the Hospice and any donations are greatly appreciated.