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A Modern Apothecary Garden

The St John's Hospice have asked renowned herb farmer Jekka McVicar to create a unique RHS Chelsea Flower Show garden entitled; ‘A Modern Apothecary'. The 62 gold medal award winning floral-marquee exhibitor, is looking forward to creating her first show garden at the 2016 RHS Chelsea Flower Show

This garden will be relocated to the St. John's Hospice after the show to provide a calming, reflective space for St. John's Hospice patients and their families.

A Modern Apothecary Garden RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2016

The garden The inspiration for 'A Modern Apothecary' is based on extensive conversations with doctors and care professionals about ways to improving health within the context of gardens and plants. "In Ayurvedic medicine, when one is poorly, doctors often ask patients to sit in the herb garden. The simple act of sitting within a garden, surrounded by plants, has a calming effect and can lift spirits", explains Jekka. Jekka has designed a soothing garden, with 'Wellness' at its heart, to highlight the vital relationship between medicine and nature. Grown at Jekka's Herb Farm, the garden will feature research-based plants known to be beneficial to the health and wellbeing of society.

A Modern Apothecary Garden RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2016

"Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food." - Hippocrates Curves and symmetry throughout the garden enhance a sense of calm and peacefulness in the garden. "Circles and curves, which one can follow ease tension and allow one to slowly unwind", explains Jekka. Scented plants line the curving paths toward the water feature. The water provides the interactive focal point, sound and movement to the garden. Specially designed oak benches provide a place to sit, to be surrounded by scented plants for tranquil reflection. 

A Modern Apothecary Garden RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2016

New to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, the outer part of the garden is given over to a herb ley, packed with native herbs and grasses. Enclosing the garden, espalier apple trees, columns of yew and hawthorns provide safe seclusion for quiet reflection.The whole garden is overseen by a sculpture of Asclepius's staff, which is the symbol of healing.

A Modern Apothecary Garden RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2016

"I hope that the garden can provide the patients of the St. John's Hospice and their families comfort through sensory stimulation, and above all a place of quiet reflection." Jekka McVicar.

A Modern Apothecary Garden RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2016

Plant List:

Taxus baccata
Crataegus laevigata
Aloysia triphylla
Artemisia abrotanum
Atriplex hortensis var. rubra
Salvia officinalis 'Purpurascens'
Cynara cardunculus
Chamaemelum nobile
Myrtus communis
Laurus nobilis
Melissa officinalis
Foeniculum vulgare
Foeniculum vulgare 'Purpureum'
Allium schoenoprasum
Mentha requienii
Carum carvi
Petroselinum crispum
Levisticum officinale
Tanacetum parthenium
Thymus vulgaris 'Silver Posie'
Lavandula 'Helmsdale'
Lavandula stoechas 'Fathead'
Allium fistulosum 'Ishikura'
Thymus pulegioides 'Bertram Anderson'
Linum perenne
Calendula officinalis 'Long Flowering'
Beta vulgaris cicla var. flavescens 'Rhubarb Chard'
Apium graveolens var. dulce 'Loretta'
Thymus 'Fragrantissimus'
Mentha spicata 'Tashkent'
Amaranthus 'Red Army'
Humulus lupulus 'Golden Tassels'
Chamaemelum nobile 'Flore Pleno'
Artemisia dracunculus Russian
Isatis tinctoria
Beta vulgaris 'Bull's Blood'
Rosmarinus officinalis 'Sudbury Blue'
Ocimum 'African Blue'
Origanum vulgare 'Compactum'
Origanum dictamnus
Mentha x piperita f. citrata 'Chocolate'
Mentha x piperita 'Black Mitcham'
Salvia lavandulifolia
Artemisia absinthium 'Lambrook Silver'
Origanum syriacum
Mentha suaveolens 'Variegata'
Borago officinalis 'Alba'
Marrubium vulgare
Micromeria fruticosa
Brassica juncea 'Red Frills'
Brassica rapa (Chinensis Group) 'Red Choi'
Perilla frutescens var. purpurascens
Rosmarinus officinalis f. albiflorus 'Lady in White'
Salvia fruticosa
Thymus 'Iden'
Thymus 'Peter Davis'
Thymus 'Porlock'

Herb Lay (outer part of the garden):

Achillea millefolium
Origanum vulgare
Rumex acetosa
Hypericum perforatum
Sanguisorba minor
Filipendula ulmaria