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Show Garden: The John King Brain Tumour Foundation Garden

The John King Brain Tumour Foundation Garden creates a space immersed in nature to aid the recovery of patients, provide areas in a relaxed environment for often difficult conversations and also a place for NHS staff to relax and reflect.

The John King Brain Tumour Foundation Garden by Garden Designer Rhi Williams for Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival

The John King Brain Tumour Foundation are delighted and excited to have the opportunity to showcase a garden at the prestigious Hampton Court Flower Show 2022, with the amazing support of Tony Woods, Rhiannon Williams and the team at the Garden Club London.

The John King Brain Tumour Foundation Garden by Garden Designer Rhi Williams for Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival

The John King Brain Tumour Foundation Garden is a hospital rooftop garden that provides a vital space for patients and hospital staff to be immersed in nature. It is a calming environment designed to aid recovery and provide a safe space for often difficult conversations.

The John King Brain Tumour Foundation Garden by Garden Designer Rhi Williams for Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival

This small garden demonstrates how the charity is transforming under-used areas of grey concrete rooftops into hidden sanctuaries for people and wildlife to discover and enjoy. At the heart of the garden, a sculpture by Emma Rodgers, inspired by a mighty English oak, symbolises strength, wisdom and healing. It’s leaf canopy is made from hands applauding the NHS. Under a canopy of dappled shade, there are a selection of spaces to sit, pause, reflect and heal.

The John King Brain Tumour Foundation Garden by Garden Designer Rhi Williams for Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival

Surrounding raised planters are filled with scented and textural plants in a blue and pale yellow colour scheme as a tribute to the NHS. After the festival, all the elements of the garden will be re-used and relocated to the Atkinson Morley Wing at St George’s Hospital, close to Hampton Court Palace, to live on as a peaceful rooftop oasis for neuroscience patients and staff to use.

Plant List

Shrubs

Pittosporum tenuifolium 'Golf Ball'
Ilex crenata 'Dark Green'

 

Perennials

Alchemilla mollis
Stipa tenuissima
Achillea 'Credo'
Asplenium trichomanes
Erigeron karvinskianus
Polypodium vulgare
Euphorbia characias subsp. wulfenii
Pachysandra terminalis
Euphorbia mellifera
Brunnera macrophylla 'Jack Frost'
Alchemilla erythropoda
Anemanthele lessoniana
Geranium sanguineum 'Album'
Epimedium x warleyense
Achillea filipendulina 'Cloth of Gold'
Salvia guaranitica 'Black and Blue'
Geum 'Lady Stratheden'
Dryopteris affinis 'Cristata'
Agapanthus africanus 'Albus'
Scabiosa columbaria subsp. ochroleuca
Agapanthus 'Luly'
Euphorbia x pasteurii
Calamintha nepeta subsp. nepeta 'Blue Cloud'
Asplenium scolopendrium Cristatum Group
Eryngium x zabelii 'Big Blue'
Thymus serpyllum 'Russetings'
Geum 'Banana Daiquiri' (Cocktails Series)
Amsonia 'Blue Ice'
Achillea aegyptiaca var. taygetea
Veronica longifolia 'First Lady'

Trees

Betula utilis var. jacquemontii
Pinus nigra subsp. nigra
Crataegus persimilis 'Prunifolia'
Betula nigra 'Cully'