Horatio’s Garden Scotland in the Daily Record

The build begins – wheel barrow fun with Gregor Fisher at Horatio’s Garden in Scotland, covered by the Daily Record.

Gregor Fisher visits Horatio’s Garden Scotland

Front page of the Herald – Gregor Fisher’s visit to Horatio’s Garden in Scotland as the building starts.

NGS to support Horatio’s Garden

The fantastic news that the National Gardens Scheme (NGS) is to support Horatio’s Garden Stoke Mandeville was announced in today’s Telegraph.

The NGS has an interesting history dating back to the 1850’s that has always been closely related to health and nursing. Since its foundation, the National Gardens Scheme has donated over £45 million to its beneficiary charities, of which nearly £23 million has been donated within the last ten years. The National Gardens Scheme’s commitment to nursing and caring remains constant, and the charity continues to grow and flourish.

The donation of £130,000 to the third Horatio’s Garden which will be built at Stoke Mandeville Hospital will make a significant difference to the fundraising campaign and help to bring Joe Swift’s spectacular designs to life, giving patients of all ages with spinal cord injuries a relaxing, therapeutic garden adjacent to the wards, greatly benefiting their quality of life and wellbeing during their long hospital stay.

To read the announcement in the Telegraph, click on the download button below.

Triple winners at the SGD awards

Cleve West won three awards for his design of Horatio’s Garden in Salisbury at the Society of Garden Designers Awards – the Oscars of garden design! He first collected the Public or Commercial Outdoor Space Award, followed by the People’s Choice Award, beating 14 other shortlisted designs. The most prestigious award, the Judges’ Choice, was also awarded to Cleve for Horatio’s Garden. The Judges said : 

This is what healing gardens should be like; if only they all had a similar design. It has beautiful planting that works with the scale of the building and helps to reconnect people to nature.




Visit the Horatio’s Garden shop to find the perfect presents!

We’ve added some fabulous new products to the Horatio’s Garden shop. From seasonal, Christmassy items to great products that will be useful all year round, we hope you’ll find the perfect presents for your friends and family, as well as something for yourself!

The Christmas cards have been designed by Dorset artist, Sarah Hough. They feature hellebores, also known as Christmas roses, and are available in packs of ten. There is a wide selection of high-quality, bespoke products for the home and garden and a beautiful range of stationery.

All products are available on the Horatio’s Garden online shop and will be on sale at the following fairs between now and Christmas:

Rockbourne Fair – Salisbury Racecourse, The Race Plain, Netherhampton SP2 8PN
Wednesday 22nd October 10am-5pm, Thursday 23rd October 10am-7.30pm, Friday 24th October 10am-3.30pm.

Chafyn Grove School Fayre – 33 Bourne Avenue, Salisbury SP1 1LR
Saturday 15th November 9am-1pm.

Irnham Hall Winter Fair – Swinstead Road, Irnham, Grantham, Lincolnshire NG33 4JD
Monday 17th November 6pm-9.30pm preview night, Tuesday 18th November 9.30am-5pm, Wednesday 19th November 9.30am-4pm.

Bishop Wordsworth’s Christmas Fair – 11 The Close, Salisbury SP1 2ED
Saturday 22nd November 10am-4pm.

Compton Marbling Fair – Lower Lawn Barns, Fonthill Gifford, Tisbury SP3 6SG
Friday 28th November 9.30am-5pm,  Saturday 29th November 9.30am-5pm.

Leaden Hall Schoool Fair – 70 The Close, Salisbury SP1 2EP
Saturday 29th November 11am-2pm.

Salisbury Christmas Market – Guildhall Square, Salisbury SP1 1JH
Sunday 7th December 9am-5pm.

All profits from the sale of products support the charity.

The Chalke Valley Cycle Ride

One hundred and seventy six cyclists set out on Sunday under clear blue skies with high spirits. They took part in the Chalke Valley Cycle Ride to raise funds for Horatio’s Garden.

The ride started in Horatio’s Garden and was opened by Claire Perry MP and Parliamentary Undersecretary of State for Transport. Cyclists chose either a 25 or 50 mile route through the stunning Chalke Valley, crossing the finishing line back in Horatio’s Garden where they were cheered by supporters. There was a barbecue, drinks and cakes waiting for them all.

The largest team participating were from Charterhouse School in Surrey, led by schoolmaster Tim Reynolds. The eighteen-strong group covered the 50 mile route, overcoming a few mechanical failures and six punctures on the way, raising the fantastic sum of £4,700 for the charity. Tim Reynolds said: “We were so impressed with the team atmosphere on the ride with all of the cyclists supporting and encouraging each other. It was a thoroughly enjoyable route through such beautiful countryside.”

Also riding were spinal surgeons from throughout the south of England whose hospitals send patients to Salisbury District Hospital’s spinal centre for specialist spinal rehabilitation.

Former patient, Ray Barker, completed the ride with his wife Sally. In August 2012 Ray went over the handlebars of his bicycle which damaged his neck and he was left with paralysed arms and legs. Luckily, Ray’s injury was not permanent and the couple returned last weekend to take part in the event. Ray said: “The ride had a really good feel – it was relaxed and really friendly. We’re glad to be able to support Horatio’s Garden.”

Thank you to all of the cyclists, supporters, volunteers and sponsors who made the event such a success. For pictures from the day, please visit the gallery.

Horatio’s Garden Christmas cards 2014

The 2014 Christmas cards are now available to order from the Horatio’s Garden online shop. The festive design features hellebores that are also known as Christmas roses.

Dorset artist Sarah Hough designed the cards for Horatio’s Garden. They are printed in the UK on matte card and are available in packs of 10 cards. Each pack contains two colourways. For more information click here.

A weekend of celebration in Horatio’s Garden

Horatio’s Garden’s summer weekend of celebration proved to be a great success with well over one and a half thousand visitors in attendance.

The celebrations began on Friday evening with a summer drinks party in Horatio’s Garden. With laid-back jazz provided by the wonderful Teresa Shaw and sculptures on exhibition by Mark Coreth, it proved to be an enjoyable evening in the sun. An auction raised an incredible £9,000 for the charity.

On Saturday over four hundred guests, many of whom were former patients and staff of the spinal centre, came from across the south and south-west to Horatio’s Garden to celebrate the centre’s 30th anniversary. With cream teas, face painting and morris dancing, the rain couldn’t dampen the spirit of the event. Sister Sen Peralta, who has worked at the spinal centre for over ten years, made an amazing celebratory cake which was shared by the guests.

The sun shone throughout the day for the Food and Plant Fair in Horatio’s Garden on Sunday. Over a thousand people came to taste and buy the wide range of artisan foods and unusual plants on sale. Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall opened the fair with a speech of support for the charity and its work supporting patients with spinal cord injuries and chatted to the stallholders, sampling their products. He also spent time chatting with many of the current patients from the spinal centre who were at the fair. To see photo’s from the day, visit the gallery here.

The weekend’s events raised over £24,000 for Horatio’s Garden. This will go towards the new garden room which is on-track to be built in September. The heated, glass garden room will help patients to enjoy Horatio’s Garden, even on the coldest of days.

James Alexander-Sinclair to design new Horatio’s Garden

James Alexander–Sinclair will be the designer for the proposed new Horatio’s Garden at the Queen Elizabeth National Spinal Injuries Unit at the Southern General Hospital in Glasgow.

James is a vastly experienced garden designer, journalist and broadcaster who writes regularly in the Gardener’s World and the English Garden magazines. He is often seen on television, most recently covering the Chelsea Flower Show for the BBC. He is a member of the Council of the Royal Horticultural Society and is an RHS judge.

Horatio’s Garden is delighted to be working with James.


Eton College Flower Festival

Eton College recently celebrated the rennovation of the College Chapel with a Flower Festival. Each house celebrated an old Etonian, and Cotton Hall’s Flower design was in memory of Horatio Chapple, and recognised the work of Horatio’s Garden. The arrangement was done by Toria Britten.

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