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September 21 2020

ashley edwards speaks at flower power

The Charterhouse, which has been part of the nation’s history since 1348, recently hosted a uniquely brilliant new event this September known as Flower Power!

Throughout lockdown, the Brothers living in the almshouse spent much of their time in The Charterhouse’s beautiful gardens, which prompted the team to organise an online celebration of the power of gardens and gardening to bring pleasure and wellbeing.

The two-day, online festival was all about recognising everything we love about the natural world and the good that it does for our mental and physical health. To that end, the team curated a fantastic programme of talks and demos by garden and landscape designers, growers, florists and wellbeing specialists.

Among them was Head Gardener of Horatio’s Garden London & South East, Ashley Edwards!

At 5:30pm last Friday, Ashley was joined by many fellow garden enthusiasts for his live talk entitled ‘Building a Sanctuary’. During the webinar, he shared all his stories and experiences so far in Horatio’s Garden London & South East, with the help of patients currently spending time in the London Spinal Cord Injury Centre. Additionally, Ashley drew on his time previously spent in stunning gardens across the world, which have all given him a unique understanding of the various positive impacts of natural spaces.

Everyone spoke afterwards of how much they enjoyed the talk, appreciating having the opportunity to hear from someone who sees the positive, therapeutic impact gorgeous green places have on people every single day. The live Q&A at the end also gave everyone the opportunity to ask their burning gardening questions, as well as engage a little more with the charity and its work.

We are so grateful to everyone who bought a ticket to the talk and to the event, particularly as proceeds from the former were donated to Horatio’s Garden, whilst general ticket purchases helped to support The Charterhouse as a charity too.

We are thrilled to have been involved in Flower Power, so are very grateful to The Charterhouse for including us and we would also like to thank Ashley for hosting such a wonderful discussion.

Hopefully we’ll see the return of Flower Power at some point in the future!

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