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Blind Veterans Garden

By garden designers Andrew Fisher Tomlin and Dan Bowyer. Blind Veterans UK is the national charity for vision-impaired ex-Service men and women. They support anyone who has served in the UK Armed Forces, or who has done National Service, who is now living with significant sight loss.

Blind Veterans Garden by garden designers Andrew Fisher Tomlin and Dan Bowyer

The garden will feature traditional stone, oak and willow, which will come together with ornamental trees, flowers, an orchard and a kitchen garden. The major structure is a willow vine sculpture that wraps around the whole garden.

Blind Veterans Garden by garden designers Andrew Fisher Tomlin and Dan Bowyer

The sculpture, created by renowned artist Tom Hare, allows visitors to walk through parts and experience the textures, colours and fragrance of the garden first hand. They will also get to enjoy a number of art and craft sculptures and features made by blind veterans themselves.

Blind Veterans Garden by garden designers Andrew Fisher Tomlin and Dan Bowyer

After the Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, the garden will be divided between the charity's two main training and rehabilitation centres in Llandudno and Brighton.

Blind Veterans Garden by garden designers Andrew Fisher Tomlin and Dan Bowyer

Plant list
Our garden contains trees, shrubs and perennials that have all been sourced from British nurseries.

Blind Veterans Garden by garden designers Andrew Fisher Tomlin and Dan Bowyer

Tree
The ornamental trees have interesting bark textures with the central tree providing summer shade. The fruit tree forms have been chosen for easy picking.

Rose varieties

Our roses have all been chosen for their colour and long lasting summer fragrance:

Rosa 'Graham Thomas'
Rosa 'Lady Emma Hamilton'
Rosa 'St Dunstan's'
Rosa 'Summer Song'
Rosa 'Lady of Shalott'
Rosa 'Darcey Bussell'
Rosa 'Princess Anne'
Rosa 'Thomas a Becket'
Rosa 'Desdemona'


Dahlia varieties
Dahlias have been chosen for their strong colours with some relatively new varieties.

Dahlia 'Happy Single Romeo' (Happy Single Series)
Dahlia 'Bishop of Oxford'
Dahlia 'Bishop of York'
Dahlia 'Happy Single Flame' (Happy Single Series)
Dahlia 'Karma Choc'
Dahlia 'Twyning's Revel'


Grasses

Calamagrostis brachytrich
Miscanthus sinensis 'Kleine Fontane'
Carex buchananii
Miscanthus sinensis 'Ferner Osten'


Perennials
Perennials have been chosen for their long period of interest and often for flower and fragrance.

Achillea 'Moonshine'
Achillea 'Terracotta'
Cirsium rivulare 'Atropurpureum'
Thalictrum delavayi
Cephalaria gigantea
Geranium 'Ann Folkard'
Helenium 'Moerheim Beauty'
Knautia macedonica
Cardiocrinum giganteum
Selinum wallichianum
Salvia pratensis
Helenium 'Waltraut'


Orchard Meadow
The perennial meadow in which the fruit trees and workshop sit is the ‘Golden Summer’ mix from Pictorial Meadows. Supplied to us as turf it is also available as a seed mix.

Edible garden
The edible garden contains vegetables from around the world, chosen for fragrance, texture and colour as much as their eating qualities.

About Blind Veterans UK

The charity was founded more than 100 years ago to support those blinded in the First World War. Now, the charity supports veterans regardless of when they served or how they lost their sight. For more than a century, the charity has been providing vital free training, rehabilitation, equipment and emotional support to blind and vision-impaired veterans no matter when they served or how they lost their sight. If you, or someone you know, served in the Armed Forces or did National Service and are now battling severe sight loss.