We recently had a far from average afternoon in Horatio’s Garden Scotland as work began on our beautiful new garden room!
Designed by talented architect Andy Steel of DAS Design, the new garden room will offer a cosy, warm place for everyone to spend time in, whether that be quietly alone or with friends, family and colleagues. It’s currently being brought to life by a brilliant construction team from Morris & Spottiswood, who are braving the autumn elements to ensure the garden room will soon be ready to welcome everyone from the Queen Elizabeth National Spinal Injuries Unit.
The original designs for Horatio’s Garden Scotland, created by James Alexander-Sinclair, featured a collection of garden pods in the courtyard. Since the garden opened in 2016, these have been hugely popular with patients and staff alike, both as a place to serenely appreciate the planting in all winds and weathers, as well as a place to speak with loved ones and get to know fellow patients.
The new garden room will be a larger space offering people comparable calm and solace, whilst it will also ensure that the charity-run horticultural therapy sessions can continue in the garden consistently throughout the year.
Although currently the sessions are run in a space generously provided by the hospital whenever the weather is unkind, being able to hold them in Horatio’s Garden will make a real difference. Not only does it mean that people will be able to spend time away from the ward, it will help people to feel in touch with nature and develop a passion for gardening that may well be a source of lifelong support and comfort.
We are really excited to see how the build develops over the next few months!