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Calm Amidst Chaos Garden

By acclaimed garden designer Joe Francis. The inspiration for the garden came from Joe’s personal experience of depression and suicidal thoughts. Joe has teamed up with Maytree, a National charity that supports adults who are contemplating and feeling suicidal.

Calm Amidst Chaos Garden RHS Hampton Court Flower Show 2019 By acclaimed garden designer Joe Francis

The aim of the garden is to raise awareness about mental health and suicide, to highlight the importance of creating peace and tranquillity in our everyday lives so that we are better equipped to deal with the challenges of modern life.

Calm Amidst Chaos Garden RHS Hampton Court Flower Show 2019 By acclaimed garden designer Joe Francis

The external aspect of the garden is a hard hitting reminder of the challenges people, communities and society face, from knife crime, climate change, over consumption, to war and death. 

Calm Amidst Chaos Garden RHS Hampton Court Flower Show 2019 By acclaimed garden designer Joe Francis

The internal part of the garden is nature at its best, a calm, tranquil, restorative space where we can quieten our mind and build our resilience.

Plant list

Asplenium scolopendrium
Borago officinalis
Viola odorata
Digitalis ferruginea
Carex pendula
Dryopteris filix-mas
Calamagrostis x acutiflora 'Karl Foerster'
Polypodium vulgare
Osmunda regalis
Polystichum polyblepharum
Sambucus nigra
Luzula nivea
Lychnis flos-cuculi
Asarum europaeum
Veronicastrum virginicum 'Album'
Astrantia 'Roma'
Angelica sylvestris 'Vicar's Mead'
Selinum wallichianum
Fragaria vesca
Aronia melanocarpa
Linaria purpurea
Hydrangea quercifolia 'Snow Queen'
Festuca rubra ssp. rubra
Plantago lanceolata
Valeriana officinalis
Sambucus nigra f. laciniata
Hosta 'Red October'
Luzula sylvatica
Deschampsia cespitosa 'Garnet Schist'
Salix alba
Valeriana pyrenaica
Thymus 'Bressingham'
Rodgersia pinnata 'Elegans'
Geranium robertianum 'Album'
Carex flacca