‘Seeds of Hope’ is one of only nine of the 27 gardens to be relocated in its entirety from this year’s RHS Chelsea to the Hospice of St Francis in Berkhamsted. Opened on 16th September 2018, the Centenary Chelsea Garden team visited and spoke to the designers, John Everiss and Francesca Murrell; and Rosemarie Finlay, CEO of Myeloma UK. Rosemarie shared how the charity’s presence at RHS Chelsea enabled Myeloma UK to raise awareness about its work and engage with key stakeholders.
The team also spoke to Peter King, the instigator and fundraiser for the garden, whose wife Gill was lost to myeloma, a cancer that develops from cells in the bone marrow. The garden’s centrepiece is a 12ft translucent sculpture modelled on Pete’s daughter Gemma. The figure appears to be blowing seeds and plants on to fertile soil, representing new medical treatments and a sign of hope and growth.