The first Horatio’s Garden opened in 2012 at the Duke of Cornwall Spinal Treatment at Salisbury District Hospital. The centre serves patients from the whole of the south of England from Scilly Isles to Hastings and up to the M4 corridor.
The contractor for the garden was Martin Gomm from Wycliffe Landscapes. In 2014, Martin won two BALI awards for the garden in the Community and Schools Development category and also a new category of Outstanding Charitable Contribution.
Cleve West designed the garden and won three Society of Garden Designers awards in 2015 for the design. The Public or Commercial Outdoor Space Award, the People’s Choice Award and 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.”
The head gardener, Stephen Hackett, is responsible for the care and maintenance of the garden and Susie Atterbury delivers the garden therapy programme in collaboration with the spinal centre’s occupational therapists.
Cleve’s design brilliantly incorporates the form of the spine in a series of low limestone walls, which double as seating for families. These walls draw the eye to the gentle hills beyond and curve through mixed planting towards a large gathering space.
An apple archway leads to a summerhouse and there’s the calming sound of water flowing into a long rill. Everywhere the benefits of nature can be felt.
Plants have been chosen for their aesthetic and multi-sensory qualities: grasses to catch the wind, herbs to smell and taste, and shrubs and trees for texture and winter structure. Mature beech hedging was donated from Cleve West’s winning garden after the 2012 Chelsea Show. Native hedging is planted around the perimeter fence.
There are 23 trees planted in the garden, including Betula nigra and Amelanchier lamarckii, the berries of which are already attracting birds to the garden. Shaggy box balls and rosemary punctuate a looser herbaceous palette, and perennials such as echinacea, foeniculum, aster and the aptly named Aruncus ‘Horatio’ bring texture, colour and scent.
“I trained as a gardener in 2010 and never imagined that I’d be entrusted with a garden like Horatio’s Garden, Salisbury. If the ideal job is doing something you love, which you are (seemingly) good at, and which has value for other people, then it ticks all the boxes. Gardening has always been an important part of my life, but professional horticulture can sometimes be a solitary occupation. Not so here, where the enthusiasm and commitment of the amazing volunteer team enlivens even the coldest, wettest days.
The garden is wonderful, and so too is the opportunity to indulge my inner plantsman by growing new plants in our greenhouse and polytunnel. To know that all the effort is of such enormous value to the patients and their families is such a reward. I’ve worked in some lovely gardens elsewhere, but never one which was so tangibly appreciated and loved by those who use it”.
The head gardener, Stephen Hackett, is responsible for the care and maintenance of the garden and Susie Atterbury delivers the garden therapy programme in collaboration with the spinal centre's occupational therapists.
On the 31st May 2018 a group of Opera singers came to perform a light hearted performance in the Garden.
A surprising performance of the best bits of opera! Written by popular playwright, Rachel Barnett, directed by award-winning director, Helen Eastman and featuring internationally renowned singers.
7th May 2018. Horatio’s Garden Salisbury invited patients, their families and friends and Spinal Treatment Centre staff to the annual Bank Holiday Hog Roast. The day was enjoyed by all with live music and fabulous food!
Sculptures by Ben Barrell are being exhibited in Horatio’s Garden Salisbury until October 2018. The exhibition has been generously sponsored by Woolley & Wallis Salisbury Salerooms.
Ben studied sculpture at Bristol Polytechnic in the early nineties and has been creating sculpture ever since. He is a renowned sculptor and the artist behind the Barrell Pebble Seats.
When Ben starts to work on a new piece, his inspiration invariably comes from nature. A lot of his work stems from the shapes thrown by the Atlantic Ocean, sea creatures and yachts sailing across the horizon. His visual memories and sketches of these dynamic shapes translated into the physical forms he has created and continues to make now.
Ben’s work has been commissioned for sculpture projects all over the world and includes monumental sculptures for public places, bespoke work for private gardens, and exquisite bronzes for interior spaces.
Horatio’s Garden Salisbury opened for the National Garden Scheme on Sunday 29th April from 1-4pm.
2nd April 2018. Patients, family and friends thoroughly enjoyed the Easter tea and treasure hunt at Horatio’s Garden Salisbury on Bank Holiday Monday. Thank you to everyone who attended and thank you to the volunteers who provided the fabulous tea and gave up their time to help the day run smoothly.
Patients of the Spinal Centre at Salisbury Hospital were treated to a wonderful day out with a huge picnic, and cream teas aboard the Rivertime boat in Windsor.
‘Rivertime’ is a 42 foot boat and has been purpose-built to enable people with access restrictions to be able to go out on the River Thames. Patients boarded the ‘Rivertime’ accompanied by Recreational Assistant Sonya Wade.
‘Rivertime’ has a large saloon with a sliding roof for sunny days. The boat can take 12 passengers (including carers) and always goes out with a fully qualified skipper and experienced crew member.
A huge thank you to all the crew and to Sonya Wade for making this such a great day out for the patients.
Thanks to the wonderful Tatum Street Musicians that played on Sunday the 6th of August at the Patient and Family Lunch in Horatio’s Garden Salisbury.
The day was a great success with great weather and over 30 people in attendance.
A Summer Ploughman’s with ham, cheese and assorted chutneys was served along with cheesecakes and fruit salad for pudding
4th June 2017. Horatio’s Garden Salisbury hosted a reception for the festival on April 20th with a live performance in the gardens on June 4th. Thank you to everyone who joined us as we help open up the festivities for the year with live music in the gardens.
The Salisbury International Arts Festival officially commences on 26 May until 10 June 2017.
Easter Monday tea party in Horatio’s Garden from 3.00 to 5.00pm – enjoy sandwiches, cakes and Easter biscuits. There will be an egg hunt for little ones so do invite your family and friends. Staff welcome too!
2nd April 2017. Patients and their families and staff enjoyed a warm April day and delicious lunch of lasagne and green salad followed by volunteer made rhubarb crumble and brownies!
Live music by Horatio’s brother, singer songwriter Magnus Chapple was fantastic.
5th March 2017. This month’s lunch will be on Sunday 5th March, from 1.00-3.00pm with a delicious mild curry and live music by the very talented Tom Clements. Please let Sonia if you and your visitors can come. All staff welcome too!
12th February 2017. All patients, friends, family and staff are very welcome to the Valentines tea party in Horatio’s Garden from 3.00-5.00pm.
Welcome to the Looking Out Project. The Looking Out Project is a collaborative, interactive, art project run by Horatio’s Garden artist in residence Miranda Creswell. This is in conjunction with EnglaID, a landscape archaeological research group at the University of Oxford. The project has created 5 pictures which will be placed in the wards of the spinal centre. Each picture is like a mini curiosity cabinet featuring an ordnance survey map of the view from the patient’s room and the many curiosities that make up the view from the windows.
Patients, families, volunteers, staff and supporters can send in photographs, artwork, poems, music or audio clips to be added to the project web site by emailing them to firstname.lastname@example.org
The pictures: Using a specialist mapping technique called LIDAR, Dr
Chris Green has made detailed maps which highlight what can be seen in the view and also what cannot be seen.
Miranda Creswell, in parallel, has drawn and painted parts of the view which can and cannot not be seen, for example: details of historical buildings and clouds, birds and butterflies.
Volunteer art teacher, Sheila, has worked with patients to produce pressed flower art taken directly from Horatio’s Garden, representing different times of the year, these have been set into real silver leaf and form part of the pictures. Richard Lawrence, a Letter Press printer who works and teaches printing at the Bodleian Library in Oxford, has manually printing all the titles and short explanations for the pictures. Each subject below is further explained by leading experts in their field, from University of Oxford to the RSPB.
Art can either take place in-situ in the garden
At the table
Or in the garden room.
If you would like a sketch book of your own to capture your own art, please do ask volunteer Sheila and she will be more than happy to help you.
Horatio's Garden, The Duke of Cornwall Spinal Treatment Centre, Salisbury District Hospital, Odstock Road, Salisbury SP2 8BJ
Enter the hospital site using Entrance B and drive past the green. Go over three zebra crossings and follow the road around the left bend. As the road goes down the hill, the entrance to Horatio's Garden is to the left of the next zebra crossing.
Car parking is available in car park 10 (pay and display) or car park 8 (ticket and pay on exit)