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Southend Young Offenders ' A Place to Think' Garden

By Garden Designer Tony Wagstaff. In response to the growing importance of therapeutic gardening to support people living with anxiety, dementia and other mental illnesses, the garden promotes the positive impact that gardening and experiencing plants has on both physical and mental well being.

Southend Young Offenders ' A Place to Think' Garden RHS Hampton Court Flower Show 2019 by Garden Designer Tony Wagstaff

The garden is designed to encourage visitors to feel the therapeutic sensation that a thoughtfully designed garden can bring. Wood blocks are used to create raised beds in the garden, making it accessible for all. It embodies the themes of Pride and Joy, Safe and Well,and Active and Involved which were devised from a public engagement event Southend 2050. 

Southend Young Offenders ' A Place to Think' Garden RHS Hampton Court Flower Show 2019 by Garden Designer Tony Wagstaff

Southend-on-Sea Borough council is committed to improving mental health across the borough and will work with their youth offenders on preparations for the show to help focus their minds and help them achieve future employment and even further education. After the show, the garden will be reinstated within the town to allow residents to enhance mental well being, become more actively involved in physical activity and to instill a sense of pride.

Southend Young Offenders ' A Place to Think' Garden RHS Hampton Court Flower Show 2019 by Garden Designer Tony Wagstaff

Planting and Colour Scheme 

The health-giving properties of the plants in the garden will further support the garden's aim of improving mental and physical well being. These include eucalyptus, thyme, bay and Eryngium. Edible nasturtiums and pansies will also feature alongside bay tree, yew hedge, Eucalyptus gunnii, Buddleja davidii and Verbena bonariensis.

Southend Young Offenders ' A Place to Think' Garden RHS Hampton Court Flower Show 2019 by Garden Designer Tony Wagstaff

Plant list

Trachelospermum jasminoides
Verbena bonariensis
Erigeron karvinskianus
Echinacea purpurea 'White Swan'
Cornus canadensis
Nepeta racemosa 'Walker's Low'
Achillea millefolium 'Red Velvet'
Agapanthus 'Enigma'
Penstemon 'Raven'
Salvia 'Nachtvlinder'
Veronicastrum 'Adoration'
Agapanthus campanulatus 'Cobalt Blue'