RHS Malvern Spring Festival 2016 - 'Time is a Healer'

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RHS Bronze Medal and winner of the RHS People's Choice Award for ‘Time is a Healer’ supporting the Primrose Hospice at at the RHS Malvern Spring Festival 2016.

We proudly exhibited at the RHS Malvern Spring Festival 2016 presenting 'Time is a Healer' in support of The Primrose Hospice, winning a Bronze medal and the RHS People’s Choice Award.

It has been a pleasure to build the show garden for the hospice and to promote their fantastic work. It was a complete shock and great honour to receive our RHS People's Choice Award from Alan Titchmarsh.

Time is a Healer provides a space for counselling the bereaved with a focus on children losing a loved one. The garden is designed to build awareness of the work of Primrose Hospice and the many support services they offer to the community.

The space explores the journey that the bereaved travel and the mixture of emotions experienced in this traumatic period. The journey is symbolised by the central sculpture akin to a clock face and by the four exits, which enable the bereaved to enter and exit the garden at the ‘time’ that is right for them.

The planting explores the changing emotions of bereavement from periods of depression represented by dark foliage and flowers, moving to a mixed palette of colours representing confused emotions. Finally, a calming palette of greens and whites for those who reach peace and acceptance. Hedging and trees offer a sense of enclosure.

The bespoke central sculpture and benches crafted by local artists offer opportunities for discussion or quiet thought.

With thanks to Ian Thwaites for the photography.