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Horatio’s Garden opened in August 2016 at the Scottish National Spinal Injuries Unit at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, Glasgow. This is the spinal unit for the whole of Scotland.

Designed by acclaimed garden designer and RHS judge, James Alexander-Sinclair, Scotland’s Horatio’s Garden has transformed the view for patients from the wards and communal rooms to something which is life-affirming to look out on to. The planting encourages birds, butterflies and bees, adding a dimension of interest for patients who can be on bed rest for weeks.

There has been much evidence that gardens and gardening have a positive effect on a person’s physical, mental and emotional well being. Having an inspiring outdoor haven is particularly crucial for people impacted by spinal injuries.

We continually need support for this amazing space. We are always looking for volunteers, whether you’re a gardener or wish to support the patients. 

It takes £35,000 a year to run this garden and project. Please support us by becoming a friend, donating or fundraising

Would you like to visit the garden? Please contact sallie@horatiosgarden.org.uk or 07934 390133 for more information.

JAMES ALEXANDER-SINCLAIR

James Alexander-Sinclair is a vastly experienced garden designer, journalist and broadcaster. He has designed stunning gardens from the Western Isles to the outskirts of Moscow.

James writes regularly in the Gardeners’ World magazine and is founder of intoGardens – the first iPad magazine app about gardens. He is often seen on television.

James is a member of the Council of the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) where he is Chairman of the Gardens Committee and an RHS gardens judge.

 

The Design

The garden is divided into six distinct spaces, each with a different purpose and designed to stimulate different senses – sight, smell, touch and all providing a sense of well-being.

A stunning courtyard garden has become the heart of the spinal unit giving an oasis of calm in the clinical environment. This is an uplifting space, brimming with colour and life. There are sheltered areas so patients and their visitors can use the garden during bad weather.  The wards look out over the woodland garden with trees and a wealth of plants. The planting is designed to encourage wildlife into the garden with plenty of bird feeders. In addition, there is a play garden for children who are visiting relatives in the unit and a physiotherapy garden which is functional as well as beautiful. 

SALLIE SILLARS

“Working for Horatio’s Garden as the Head Gardener in Scotland has opened my eyes to the amazing optimism that patients with spinal injuries can muster in recovery, but also how much strength they gain from being in a garden environment. It’s a pleasure to help patients engage in their greenspace, to take part in interesting and meaningful activities, to take notice of seasonal changes and help them to reconnect to the ever-changing world around them. It is all about planting seeds of hope, quite literally!”

Would you like to visit the garden? Please contact sallie@horatiosgarden.org.uk or 07934 390133 for more information.

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Patient activities

Looking out Project

Looking out Project

Miranda Creswell today in the greenhouse sketching for the 'Looking out Project' (13th September ...

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Outside activites

Outside activites

Many of the activities can be done outside around the main table.

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Artist in Residence

Artist in Residence

Artist Martha Orbach is due to start as the new Artist in reidence on Thursday 24th. She will be in ...

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Flower cuttings

Flower cuttings

If you would like to take any of your own flower cuttings and so some flower arranging please talk ...

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Potpourri and raspberries

Potpourri and raspberries

During Garden Therapy patients collected petals to make pot pourri. The Gertrude Jekyll rose petals ...

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Strawberry Jam!

Strawberry Jam!

The garden has produced an amazing crop of strawberries this year! This is some strawberry jam made ...

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Art activities

Art activities

Miranda Creswell, is running art activities as part of her 'Looking out Project' and luckily ...

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Weekly garden therapy

Weekly garden therapy

Head gardener and garden therapist, Sallie Sillars, works in collaboration with the occupational ...

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Merrylea Choir perform at Horatio’s Garden

Merrylea Choir perform at Horatio’s Garden

Thank you to the Merrylea Choir who came and performed in Horatio’s Garden again on the 2nd June! ...

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Artist in residence

Artist in residence

Caroline May has started a six week residency in Horatio’s Garden Scotland. Below, she has ...

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Easter Saturday

Easter Saturday

31st March 2018. On Saturday 31st March, the Horatio’s Garden Scotland team held an Easter ...

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Spring garden therapy

Spring garden therapy

19th April 2018. Daffodils were harvested in garden therapy today, arranged in vases by the ...

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Craft and card activities

Craft and card activities

Volunteer Ploy runs hand therapy craft activities, from making clay shapes to keyrings for presents ...

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FIND US IN GLASGOW

The address of Horatio’s Garden Scotland is

The Scottish National Spinal Unit
Queen Elizabeth University Hospital
1345 Govan Rd
Glasgow
G51 4TF

To arrange a visit to Horatio’s Garden please contact Head Gardener Sallie Sillars: 07934 390133 or sallie@horatiosgarden.org.uk

Parking is limited so please use public transport where possible.

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