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The Children with Cancer UK Garden

By garden designer Emma Reed. Every day, more than 10 families in the UK get the devastating news that their child has cancer. Over 4,000 children and young people are diagnosed with cancer every year in the UK. The aim of the garden is to raise awareness of the crucial role scientific research plays in developing kinder, less-toxic treatments for children to save and improve young lives.

The Children with Cancer UK Garden Hampton Court Flower Show 2018 by garden designer Emma Reed

The garden’s striking design represents the journey many families and children go through emotionally from diagnosis to treatment. This includes the resilience of families and children affected by cancer as well as the fears, worry and pain they experience. Clinical psychologist Dr Katie Hamilton has played an integral part of the design team having worked with children and their families living with cancer.

The Children with Cancer UK Garden Hampton Court Flower Show 2018 by garden designer Emma Reed

Set within Misterland, the home of the Mr. Men characters, the key theme is a split hill with iconic features from Mr. Men illustrations.

The Children with Cancer UK Garden Hampton Court Flower Show 2018 by garden designer Emma Reed

One side represents happy and the other worry. Bright shades of yellow and orange symbolise the feelings and emotions of happiness, and the shades of blue and purple symbolise the feelings of worry.

The Children with Cancer UK Garden Hampton Court Flower Show 2018 by garden designer Emma Reed

On one side a waterfall represents tears, and on the other side a light wall represents hope.

The Children with Cancer UK Garden Hampton Court Flower Show 2018 by garden designer Emma Reed

Children with Cancer UK is the only charity Diana, Princess of Wales ever inaugurated, having planted a tree in January 1988 in memory of Jean and Paul O’Gorman, who sadly fell victim to cancer within nine months of each other. A garden at Hampton Court was considered a fitting way to mark this occasion in the special 30th anniversary year of Children with Cancer UK.

Plant list

Buxus sempervirens
Soleirolia soleirolii
Polystichum tsussimense
Salvia patens
Lathyrus odoratus 'Bobby's Girl'
Juncus effusus f. spiralis
Agrostis capillaris
Pontederia cordata
Festuca rubra ssp. rubra
Lotus corniculatus
Rhinanthus minor
Salvia x sylvestris 'Viola Klose'
Tropaeolum majus Whirlybird Series
Isolepis cernua
Aubrieta 'Purple Cascade'
Sanguisorba officinalis 'Red Thunder'
Echinacea purpurea 'Tiki Torch'
Briza media
Carex pseudocyperus
Blechnum penna-marina
Adiantum raddianum 'Fragrantissimum'
Felicia amelloides 'Felicitara Blue'
Rosa 'Parkdirektor Riggers'
Echinacea 'Summer Cocktail'
Echinacea 'Hot Lava'
Molinia caerulea
Cedrus deodara 'Feelin' Blue'