The design

The garden is divided into six distinct spaces, each with a different purpose and designed to stimulate different senses – sight, smell, touch and all providing a sense of wellbeing.

The courtyard is at the heart of the unit and is accessible to everyone to enjoy. The wards look out over the woodland garden with trees and plants generously donated from the Hartley Botanic Chelsea Flower Show Garden in 2016 designed by Catherine MacDonald. The planting is designed to encourage wildlife into the garden with plenty of bird feeders. In addition, there is a play garden for children who are visiting relatives in the unit and a physiotherapy garden which is functional as well as beautiful, offering wonderful new facilities to patients and their families.

Courtesy of Hartley Botanic, there is a magnificent greenhouse which is the volunteer HQ and is surrounded by raised beds and areas for horticultural therapy sessions. The scented garden is planted with carefully chosen shrubs growing around a stunning ‘Coccolith’ sculpture, donated by Brewin Dolphin which formed part of its award winning 2016 Chelsea Flower Show garden, designed by Rosy Hardy, winner of 21 gold medals.

A very generous grant from Paterson Quarries Ltd, has supported the scheme and provided a public garden which offers a beautiful space for a moment of quiet reflection for people visiting the main hospital.

To download the planting list for 2017 please click here:

Plant list 2017


Play this film to see James Alexander-Sinclair’s fantastic designs for Horatio’s Garden, Scotland