Horatio’s Garden Scotland opened in 2016 at the Queen Elizabeth National Spinal Injuries Unit in Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, Glasgow.

The spinal centre serves patients from across the entirety of Scotland, from the country’s southern border to the Orkney and Shetland Islands.

“Horatio’s Garden has been a blessing and has helped tremendously with my recovery at the spinal unit.”

Garden designer -
James Alexander-Sinclair

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Garden designer -
James Alexander-Sinclair

James Alexander-Sinclair is one of the UK’s foremost garden designers. Despite having created countless stunning gardens from the Western Isles to the outskirts of Moscow, he maintains that Horatio’s Garden Scotland is his all-time favourite. He often visits the garden and admits “invariably and unashamedly, I cry every time I go there.”

Additionally, James is an award-winning writer, a compelling speaker and frequent broadcaster. He is a Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Vice President, RHS judge and was awarded the Veitch Memorial Medal for outstanding contribution to horticulture in 2022.

He has featured as part of the BBC coverage of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show since 2008. He also writes regularly for publications including Gardeners’ World magazine and together with fellow garden designers Cleve West and Joe Swift established the YouTube channel Three Men Went to Mow.

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Key design features

  • Six distinct spaces to stimulate the senses, each with a different purpose.
  • Several garden pods surrounded by flowerbeds brimming with colour and life, featuring flowers such as Echinacea ‘Hot Summer’, Geranium ‘Rozanne’ and Persicaria amplexicaulis ‘Fat Domino’.
  • A glasshouse and garden therapy area alongside each other for indoor and outdoor activities.
  • A woodland garden, overlooked by the wards, framed by a collection of beautiful Betula pendula trees and a children’s play area.
  • A new garden room, added in 2021 for seasonal events, the arts programme and a social space all year round.
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Garden team

The garden team includes Head Gardener Chelsea Lowe, part-time Garden Administrator Kirsty Warren and Arts Activities Assistant Catriona Beckett, as well as a brilliant volunteer team who care for Horatio’s Garden Scotland.

“I don’t think I’d be where I am with my rehabilitation without Horatio’s Garden. Without it, I don’t think I would have lasted long emotionally.”

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Thank you to our partners

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Horatio’s Garden costs £90,000 to maintain per year.

Please consider donating to this garden to help us nurture lives for years to come.

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Interested in visiting the garden? We offer guided tours to small groups.

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Before: Queen Elizabeth National Spinal Injuries Unit at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital

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Now: Horatio’s Garden Scotland at Queen Elizabeth National Spinal Injuries Unit at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital

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Horatio’s Garden Scotland - Glasgow
Queen Elizabeth National Spinal Injuries Unit
Queen Elizabeth University Hospital
1345 Govan Rd
Glasgow
G51 4TF

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