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February 9 2021

‘my favourite place’ by head gardener amy moffett

Remarkably, it’s already been a month since Amy Moffett joined the team as Head Gardener of Horatio’s Garden Stoke Mandeville and now she’s following in Horatio’s Garden Scotland designer James Alexander-Sinclair’s footsteps by appearing in Garden News magazine! 

The ‘My Favourite Place’ feature is always an interesting read and having trained at Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, it’s the Palm House that holds a special place in Amy’s heart. 

Sharing stories of her remarkable time at Kew, Amy’s enthusiasm for this wonderful place is palpable throughout the piece. Moreover, since joining Horatio’s Garden, it’s become immediately apparent that her deep appreciation for gardens and gardening uplifts everyone she encounters. 

As well as having the privilege of Amy lending her horticultural skills to our sanctuary in Stoke Mandeville, we’ve also been lucky to see her signature warmth and kindness in action as she’s been supporting patients as much as she possibly can. 

Not only has this involved getting to know patients in the garden and garden room, she’s also been busy delivering a steady supply of delicious cake to NHS staff, so that they can give it to patients shielding on the wards and enjoy some themselves too. 

This is certainly a testament to the brilliant dedication of our volunteers as well, who were more than happy to help Amy by making all kinds of sweet treats at home. 

The RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch also took place during Amy’s first month in the garden, which plenty of patients were keen to join her for, both in the garden and from the safety of the ward. 

Bringing the article to a lovely close, Amy acknowledges Kew’s strapline, ‘Plants, People, Possibilities’ and how it resonates with what she’s doing now to help everyone in Horatio’s Garden Stoke Mandeville; it seems her joining the charity was meant to be!

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