Horticultural professionals Alison Doxey and Stephen Welch have decided to collaborate on project The Garden Bed. The lifelong friends are acutely aware of the emotional benefits of providing a restful sanctuary for patients and their friends and family, and The Garden Bed has grown naturally as the perfect project to best use their complementary skills and experience.
Much more than creating unique sensory spaces that blur the lines between outside and inside, this is about passionately championing and creating meaningful experiences, where the connection with nature is conducive to not just physical healing but spiritual peacefulness.
‘The Garden Bed’ perfectly encapsulates and embodies the theme of this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show: Health, Happiness and Horticulture. Much more importantly, the ultimate aim is to highlight the very many benefits these beautiful spaces can make to a lifetime.
Invigorating and calming, restorative and contemplative, The Garden Bed illustrates just how easily a bed can be manoeuvred into an accessible space and how even the most humble of spaces can offer holistic benefits.
The deceptively simple design incorporates humble planting to create a homely, familiar space. A clipped Yew hedge offers privacy and a sense of security. Bulbs, perennials and trees offer the viewer lots to enjoy and contemplate.
At Chelsea, visitors will get a glimpse of the garden from the perspective of the bed, draped with its natural yet intricately woven floral quilt incorporating the flowers and plants from the garden around it.
‘The Garden Bed’ will be sponsored by Asda. Andrew Moore, chief merchandising officer at Asda, said: “Asda is absolutely thrilled to be sponsoring ‘The Garden Bed’ at The Chelsea Flower Show this year. The garden, designed by Alison Doxey and Stephen Welch, is a wonderful concept and we’re excitedly looking forward to seeing its full glory in May.”
Chelsea Flower Show will be held at Royal Hospital Chelsea, London on the 24 – 28 May 2016.