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The St Mungo's Putting Down Roots Garden

The The St Mungo's Putting Down Roots Garden is an ‘urban pocket park’, highlighting how people and plants can be brought together a city environment, and the ways in which green spaces provide personal and social, health and wellbeing benefits.

The St Mungo's Putting Down Roots Garden by garden designers Darryl Moore and Adolfo Harrison Chelsea Flower Show 2022

Leading homelessness charity St Mungo’s is excited to announce that it will be taking part in this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show. The charity has been given the opportunity to create one of the ‘show gardens’ at the world-famous event. St Mungo’s, which operates services supporting people to recover from homelessness across London and the South of England, is being backed by Project Giving Back which is generously funding the garden.  The St Mungo’s Putting Down Roots Garden, which has been designed by award winning social enterprise landscape design studio Cityscapes, embodies the partnership between the two organisations as they work together to help people recovering from homelessness develop their confidence, learn new skills and rebuild their lives.

The St Mungo's Putting Down Roots Garden by garden designers Darryl Moore and Adolfo Harrison Chelsea Flower Show 2022

The garden will be one of the largest on-site and will be located on the prestigious Main Avenue at this year’s event, which runs from 24 May to 28 May 2022. St Mungo’s Chief Executive Steve Douglas CBE said: “When you think about how to help people who have experienced homelessness, teaching them gardening might not be the first thing that comes to mind. “But you’d be amazed at the change we see in people at Putting Down Roots. We have seen the important role that gardening activities can have on personal recovery and, furthermore, how horticulture can become a viable first step into employment for many people.  There’s something about being outdoors, learning a new skill and seeing all the hard work come to life which really brings out the best in people.  We are so grateful to Project Giving Back and to Cityscapes for this amazing opportunity to showcase our fantastic Putting Down Roots project on an international stage, and we know that clients and staff will relish the opportunity. We’ll be keen to follow the garden’s progress, and to see it in all its glory at Chelsea.”

Matt Woodruff, St Mungo’s Horticultural Skills Manager, who runs the charity’s Putting Down Roots programme, said: “Chelsea is the highlight of the gardening calendar and we thrilled to be able to be part of it. “Planning is well underway with our clients already involved in preparing what we will need for the garden. It is so exciting for everyone to be part of such and amazing event.”

The St Mungo's Putting Down Roots Garden by garden designers Darryl Moore and Adolfo Harrison Chelsea Flower Show 2022

St Mungo’s and Cityscapes have worked together for 10 years, designing a series of ‘Pocket Parks’ around London which are maintained by Putting Down Roots.  Darryl Moore, Cityscapes Director and co-founder, said: “We are delighted to be working with St Mungo’s on this fantastic project. Over the last decade, we have seen first-hand the hugely positive effect Putting Down Roots can have on people as they recover from homelessness. “We are so happy to continue to be able to empower St Mungo’s clients, and to be part of such a wonderful event which will highlight the amazing work of Putting Down Roots.”

The St Mungo's Putting Down Roots Garden by garden designers Darryl Moore and Adolfo Harrison Chelsea Flower Show 2022

The garden is an ‘urban pocket park’, highlighting how people and plants can be brought together a city environment, and the ways in which green spaces provide personal and social, health and wellbeing benefits. The design focuses on green textural foliage punctuated with floral accents of colour, giving the garden a gentle sense of tranquillity, contrasting with the vibrant colours in the pavilion and other features, which are all made from recycled materials. Large planters throughout the garden provide a sense of height and enclosure, creating an immersive and safe experience for users. The pavilion and seating provide opportunities for reflection and respite from the pressures of city life. Once the event is over, the garden will continue to provide social and environmental benefits when it is relocated to a new permanent home in London Bridge, where it will be enjoyed by staff, clients and the public for years to come. 

The St Mungo's Putting Down Roots Garden by garden designers Darryl Moore and Adolfo Harrison Chelsea Flower Show 2022

St Mungo’s has been running Putting Down Roots for 21 years and has gardens in London, Bristol and Leicester. The innovative, award winning programme is entirely voluntarily funded, and provides vocational horticultural training to support people as they recover from homelessness and develop vital skills for employment.  During the last few years, the project has developed a number of successful ‘training gardens’, creating opportunities for people experiencing homelessness to undertake accredited qualifications and improve their wellbeing.

Plant List

Trees

Acer campestre
Sorbus aucuparia
Crataegus monogyna

 

Grasses

Deschampsia cespitosa 'Goldtau'
Luzula nivea
Sesleria heufleriana
Deschampsia cespitosa
Sesleria caerulea
Luzula sylvatica

 

Ferns

Asplenium scolopendrium
Dryopteris filix-mas
Polypodium vulgare
Blechnum spicant
Matteuccia struthiopteris

 

Perennials

Ajuga reptans
Geranium himalayense 'Gravetye'
Vinca minor
Euphorbia amygdaloides var. robbiae
Eurybia divaricata
Liriope muscari
Persicaria amplexicaulis 'Firetail'
Euphorbia schillingii
Brunnera macrophylla 'Jack Frost'
Galium odoratum
Iris foetidissima
Silene dioica
Aquilegia vulgaris var. stellata 'Ruby Port'
Geranium robertianum
Asarum europaeum
Chelone obliqua
Euphorbia wallichii
Tiarella 'Spring Symphony'
Alliaria petiolata
Veronica chamaedrys
Cenolophium denudatum
Disporum longistylum 'Night Heron'
Glechoma hederacea 'Variegata'
Geranium nodosum
Corydalis 'Spinners'
Thalictrum 'Black Stockings'
Pimpinella saxifraga
Persicaria amplexicaulis 'Alba'
Thalictrum aquilegiifolium
Tricyrtis formosana 'Dark Beauty'
Stylophorum lasiocarpum
Scopolia carniolica 'Zwanenburg'
Acorus christophii
Stellaria holostea
Stachys sylvatica
Heuchera villosa var macrorhiza
Persicaria virginiana var. filiformis 'Compton's Red'
Tricyrtis 'White Towers'
Teucrium scorodonia