The Story

Horatio’s Garden is named after Horatio Chapple, who was a volunteer at the Duke of Cornwall Spinal Treatment Centre, Salisbury, in his school holidays.

Horatio and his father David Chapple – a spinal surgeon at Salisbury Hospital – came up with the idea for a garden and Horatio drew up a questionnaire to find out what the patients wanted.

Tragically, Horatio was killed at the age of 17 by a polar bear. There followed an outpouring of love and goodwill, with donations flooding in for his garden to be created.

Cleve West designed the first Horatio’s Garden. He was the perfect man for the job. He knew the spinal centre well because his best friend had been a patient there and also won Best in Show at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in 2011 (he went on to win again in 2012).

Cleve used Horatio’s patient research as the starting point for the design and then listened to the views of everyone involved – patients, nurses, therapists, doctors and managers. He even asked us to take him around the site in a hospital bed and a wheelchair to get a patient’s perspective.

The garden song

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