"What a truly incredible garden! Thank you for having me at Horatio's Garden, continuing his legacy and creating magic for patients and families forever." - Following a visit to Horatio's Garden Scotland in July 2017.
"We have been supporting Horatio's Garden since 2015 and have donated a total of £255,000 to-date to help develop these incredible sanctuaries at NHS spinal injury centres. With four gardens complete, this year we have committed additional support for the seven remaining gardens. As each garden is estimated to cost £600,000 the National Garden Scheme is pledging 25% of the total cost for each garden." - George Plumptre, Chief Executive
"What a wonderful lasting tribute for Horatio - an inspirational garden for everyone to find peace and tranquillity."
"Horatio's Garden demonstrates the healing power of gardens in the most positive way possible. It is the most worthwhile enterprise and deserves tremendous support from us all."
"Horatio's Garden is a wonderful, dynamic charity and I'm delighted to support their work. The garden at Salisbury Hospital is not just a place of sanctuary, but a beautiful and hopeful space, offering a positive response to people in very difficult situations."
"It has long been acknowledged that gardens can heal the soul. Horatio's Garden is loved and appreciated by patients and their families who value the opportunity to spend time together in a beautiful setting. I have no doubt that Horatio's Garden will encourage healing of both the body and the soul and will play an important role in patients' recovery. What a wonderful way for a wonderful young man to be remembered."
"Vivid are the memories of dedicated hospital care received by my father after breaking his back 40 years ago, though equally vivid are months of morale sapping gloom amidst monotonous surroundings. To breathe, to imagine the nature and countryside he loved through a beautiful garden would have done untold good. Who can doubt the profound importance of Horatio’s Gardens wherever people face such trauma. We can all play a part in creating them."
"A garden is ‘the purest of human pleasures’, in the words of Francis Bacon, so Horatio Chapple’s vision of creating gardens to be enjoyed by patients with spinal injuries was truly inspired. I am delighted to be a Patron of Horatio’s first Scottish Garden, at the Queen Elizabeth National Spinal Injuries Unit in Glasgow, and it is with great excitement that we embark on a project to make his vision become a reality for the second time. I look forward to watching this new garden grow and bring pleasure to many in Horatio’s memory."
"I am delighted to support Horatio's Garden. Over the years some of my main interests have been in quality of life and well-being for those who are unwell. This can be influenced by many things, including the environment of care. A garden can make all the difference to someone who needs help and support."
"Horatio’s Garden is an inspiring yet simple idea of how to transform loss into gain by using nature to heal the body and soul in a beautiful haven of peace and tranquillity – what could be a better legacy for a life sadly cut short than to be the catalyst for so many others to benefit indefinitely."
"Tending a garden heals so much more than flesh and blood. Broken hearts, spirits and minds can all mend through the loving care of a garden. And it is more than just therapy. Whatever state or condition we happen to be in, growing and nurturing plants makes us better become the people we would like to be."
"I am aware from other charities how much pleasure and real enjoyment, patients get from a garden near their hospital and how in addition it aids their recovery. This must be especially so with patients confined to a bed or wheel chair. Horatio's Garden at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital will be a huge asset and a very worthwhile memorial."
"A spinal injury is imprisoning. It entails long months in hospital, trying to make sense of your new, bewildering body. There is a huge amount of healing needed, physical, emotional and spiritual, and I can think of nothing more valuable for patients than the chance to escape to a place of beauty, peace and solitude. I craved such a sanctuary. I hope the memory of one very special young man will flourish across the UK as other spinal units are inspired to develop Horatio’s Gardens too."
"Horatio’s Gardens provide the space, tranquillity and privacy to allow a patient and their family to renew their strength. This space is so important in the middle of busy hospital environments where there is little opportunity for private reflection.
As rehabilitation progresses Horatio’s Gardens can provide a back drop of tranquillity which is available at all times. Later they provide space for meetings with family and friends and space for recreation. Children of families may be welcomed, which is so important for parents and grandparents as rehabilitation continues. Horatio’s Garden also provides therapy as patients can be involved in the day to day management. Well planned changes of surface, or small steps in some areas, build confidence in wheelchair skills. Recovery and rehabilitation from spinal cord injury require much inner strength from the patient and their nearest and dearest. Horatio’s Gardens are a vital source of renewal of this strength."
Professor C Greenough MD MChir FRCS
Chair of Clinical Reference Group – Spinal Cord Injury
Clinical Director – Regional Golden Jubilee Spinal Cord Injury Centre
"Horatio’s Garden is a living testament to a beautiful boy whose life was taken too soon. As a long term champion of local, sustainable and healthy eating, I am personally thrilled to see the initiative expanding to encourage the growing and consumption of delicious good food in the hospital. May Horatio's Garden continue to flourish and blossom, bringing comfort, delight and nourishment to all who visit here."
"The Scottish rugby community knows the devastating effect that spinal cord injury can have on people and their families. Having a beautiful garden to go to during the long months in hospital would make a massive difference especially to injured sports people who, before their accidents, were used to being outside."
"It was honour to witness the opening of this excellent project. As a one-time spinal injuries patient myself, I know I craved just such a space to recover in. It has peace, tranquillity, life and beauty. Who could ask for more?"
"Helping to realise Horatio's Garden has been incredibly satisfying on many levels, not least in seeing it play such an important part in the healing of patients' minds, bodies and spirits. Affected families also benefit from this sanctuary as do the dedicated staff who work tirelessly to mend broken lives. It really makes you wonder why all hospitals can't enjoy such spaces."
"I was delighted to be asked to join the team. I have known Horatio’s grandfather for more years than I care to remember. I have grown things since I was a boy, (sometimes under duress), and the Southern General saved my son’s life."
"I am so delighted to support this wonderful venture and having a member of our family who has been treated for spinal injuries, has given both my wife and myself a small insight into the life changing effects that such injuries cause. So to provide a place of sanctuary and rehabilitation is a great thing and I do hope Horatio's Gardens flourish throughout the length and breadth of the land."
"I was delighted to be asked to support Horatio’s Garden with some of my sculpture, but that delight took a new energy when I went to meet Olivia at the site. Only then did I realise the extreme value of the space and setting for the patients. There is a tranquility and a peaceful purpose to the garden that made me feel very humble. The way the garden is laid out, the thought that has gone into its design are plainly acknowledged by people who NEED the space, I know that as I have had a number of calls and messages from those that have seen the sculpture. Long may this energy remain for others through the memory of Horatio."
"Occupational Therapists have, for many years, recognised and promoted the psychological and physical benefits of being outdoors and working with plants. Horatio’s Gardens are beautiful and tranquil spaces and wonderful examples of the therapeutic benefits that can be gained from spending time in a natural environment."
Maggie Bracher MSc Erg, Dip COT, MBAOT
Occupational Therapy Lecturer/Back Care Adviser
Faculty of Health Sciences
University of Southampton
"May dear Horatio's Garden thrive."
"A garden is a fitting memorial to Horatio, who made such an indelible impression on his many friends. A garden will always continue to grow, and so, I am sure, will memories of Horatio, and what he achieved."
"My father Ludwig Guttmann used sport as a way of rehabilitating people with spinal cord injuries and helping them return to a normal life in society.
Horatio's Garden is a project in the same way showing people confined to wheelchairs that so much is possible .
It is also an inspiring place of beauty and activity and is a wonderful memorial to a fine young man."
"I know that if I lost the ability to walk, one of the main things I'd want to do would be spend more time gardening. It's an occupation which is quickly and intensely rewarding, tapping into so many different sides of human nature - the intellectual, the creative, the nurturing, the practical, the organising, the planning ... that's why Horatio's Garden - and many more like it - is such an important development idea for those with spinal injury."
"Horatio's Garden has a dual purpose. Firstly to commemorate and remember the life of a young man, and secondly to bring the power of gardens to those suffering from spinal injuries. Imagine for a moment how your lives would be lessened by being unable to dig a hole or even bend down to pull an offending thistle. Gardening is such a powerful force and Horatio's Garden will mean that those in the unit can still see the bees fly, smell the warm jasmine and listen to the birds sing."
"Horatio's Garden is a brilliant idea and I can't think of anyone better than Cleve West to transform this underused and windy corner into a nurturing, welcoming and beautiful garden that will raise the spirits and give hope. There is such an impressive team, with such passion and focussed commitment behind the project, that I can see it being a trailblazer for other therapeutic gardens far and wide."
"What an incredible thing you have achieved, a beautiful oasis of beauty and tranquillity, the least likely thing in a hospital context!"
"How fitting that this much-loved young man's life be celebrated in the form of Horatio's Garden. Gardens are perhaps uniquely able to help us through physical as well as emotional hard times, not just through actively gardening but by simply being in them. Remembering Horatio's life in this garden ensures that many more - patients and their friends and family alike - will continue to be inspired and uplifted in his name."
"A garden in memory of Horatio is a wonderful tribute to a young man who was so full of life. For a garden never dies; it evolves as it reflects the passing of the seasons. It is an inspirational space for all the senses and in time will give peace and encouragement to all."
"It's wonderful that Horatio’s Garden, such a positive force for good, can be born from such terrible events. Although fortunate to have never faced such physical trauma myself, I know that in times of personal difficulty, gardening – in fact just being outdoors in a uplifting space – has always helped me through."
"My mother, a horse-riding botanist, broke her back when I was five. The effect was as if a cage had descended over our family. My mother made just one request - that she could see, and get to, the garden. Easy access to fresh air, sunshine, the whispering of wind in leaves, the feel of earth through the fingers, the scent of flowers and flutter of flitting birds, together offered a healing balm the power of which is probably unimaginable to those who’ve never been deprived of them."
"I am delighted to be involved with and supporting Horatio’s Garden for both personal and professional reasons. It is a project that will help so many and also honour an amazing young man."
"I believe the work you are all doing is fantastic. Helping people through providing access to earth and beauty is well worth the effort."
"What a wonderful opportunity to help with something that I truly believe in. The power of green spaces to heal and to bring respite."
The Masonic Charitable Foundation helped to bring Horatio's Garden Oswestry to life with a significant donation of £60,000.