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The ‘Thrive Reflective Mind’ Garden

By garden designer Richard Rogers. The health and wellbeing benefits of gardens were being celebrated in a specially designed garden at RHS Chatsworth - one of the country’s most prestigious flower shows.

The garden was unveiled as part of a new Mindfulness Gardens category at the show, and won a Silver-Gilt medal. 

The ‘Thrive Reflective Mind’ Garden by Buckinghamshire garden designer Richard Rogers

Designer Richard Rogers created the Reflective Mind garden which aimed to highlight how gardens can help people with their mental health and wellbeing and provides a peaceful sanctuary where its owners can retreat, relax and meditate. Richard’s striking design incorporated sculpture, a large infinity pool, sunken seating area, as well as trees, hedging and several hundred plants.

The ‘Thrive Reflective Mind’ Garden by Buckinghamshire garden designer Richard Rogers

A focal point of the garden was a 1.8-metre high face, sculptured from bronze, created by Simon Gudgeon. Positioned against a background of trees and planting, it aims to evoke feelings of calm while reinforcing the link between nature and wellbeing. The statue is reflected in an infinity pool representing how mindfulness practice enables us to step back and observe our own thoughts and feelings.

The ‘Thrive Reflective Mind’ Garden by Buckinghamshire garden designer Richard Rogers

The view of the statue is deliberately obscured from some angles by three multi stem Prunus Serrula trees, creating a feeling of seclusion and representing the way in which the filters of our own experiences and expectations does not always allow us to see reality clearly.

The ‘Thrive Reflective Mind’ Garden by Buckinghamshire garden designer Richard Rogers

Richard Rogers said, `With the increasing busyness and pressures of everyday life, the value of taking time out is so important. In this garden, the design and the planting will all invite the visitor to stop, pause and reflect.  

The ‘Thrive Reflective Mind’ Garden by Buckinghamshire garden designer Richard Rogers

Plant list:

Stipa gigantea
Astrantia major subsp. involucrata 'Shaggy'
Dryopteris erythrosora
Foeniculum vulgare 'Purpureum'
Hosta sieboldiana 'Bressingham Blue'
Carpinus betulus
Prunus serrula
Brunnera macrophylla 'Jack Frost'
Hosta (Tardiana Group) 'Halcyon'
Epimedium x perralchicum 'Frohnleiten'
Anthriscus sylvestris 'Ravenswing'
Actaea simplex (Atropurpurea Group) 'Brunette'
Lupinus 'Masterpiece'
Nectaroscordum siculum
X Heucherella 'Kimono'
Rosa 'Amber Abundance'
Digitalis lanata 'Cafe Creme'
Geum 'Mai Tai'
Thalictrum 'Elin'
Aruncus 'Horatio'
Anemone 'Wild Swan'
Melica uniflora f. albida
Bupleurum rotundifolium bronze-leaved
Eschscholzia californica 'Ivory Castle'
Monarda bradburyana 'Maramek'


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Actaea simplex (Atropurpurea Group) 'Brunette'  

Anemone 'Wild Swan'

Anthriscus sylvestris 'Ravenswing'

Aruncus 'Horatio'

Astrantia major subsp. involucrata 'Shaggy'

Brunnera macrophylla 'Jack Frost'

Bupleurum rotundifolium bronze-leaved

Carpinus betulus

Digitalis lanata 'Cafe Creme'

Dryopteris erythrosora

Epimedium x perralchicum 'Frohnleiten'

Eschscholzia californica 'Ivory Castle'

Foeniculum vulgare 'Purpureum'

Geum 'Mai Tai'

Hosta (Tardiana Group) 'Halcyon'

Hosta sieboldiana 'Bressingham Blue'

Lupinus 'Masterpiece'

Melica uniflora f. albida

Monarda bradburyana 'Maramek'

Nectaroscordum siculum

Prunus serrula

Rosa 'Amber Abundance'

Stipa gigantea

Thalictrum 'Elin'

X Heucherella 'Kimono'

About Thrive:

Gardening-for health charity Thrive uses plants and gardens in a process known as Social and Therapeutic Horticulture (STH) to help improve people’s physical and mental health, as well as communication and thinking skills. STH also uses the garden as a safe and secure place to develop clients’ social interaction, as well as life skills that will help them live more independently. 

Thrive has three centres in Birmingham, London and near Reading where hundreds of client gardeners come to take part in programmes. Horticultural Therapists work with people with physical disabilities, learning disabilities, autism, long-term illness and those with poor mental health.

About Richard Rogers:

Richard runs Richard Rogers Designs which works across the Cotswolds, Chilterns, London and the Home Counties.

He studied at the London College of Garden Design based at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, where he graduated with distinction and then went on to work for a leading landscape design and build company, gaining valuable experience of the industry, before setting up his own studio.

Richard has a strong belief in the health and wellbeing benefits of gardens and green space and is a Thrive trustee. 

Sponsors:

The garden was supported by: To the Fairest fragrances, Simon Gudgeon Sculpture, London Stone, Instant Hedges and Europlanters

Designed by Richard Rogers

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