Milton Keynes based children’s charity World Vision UK is presenting its first show garden at this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show (May 22-26) to help raise awareness of the work it does with children in almost 100 countries across the world.
mThe Fox Milne based aid agency won a gold medal at last year’s RHS Hampton Court Flower Show, and is now working with the same designers, and partnering with landscaping company Tobermore, to create a garden that shows the ripple effect its work has.
Mathew Neville, World Vision’s Director of Public Engagement said: “There is a pool at the centre of the garden which has circular ripples spreading from the middle to its edge, showing how our work with children also helps families, communities and, ultimately, entire countries.
“A winding path then invites visitors to become part of the ripple where, at the centre, children are at the heart of everything World Vision does.
“Around the garden there are towering tree ferns and walls, creating a sense of safety, which represent the protection World Vision offers to vulnerable children.”
Inspired by a recent trip to Bolivia to see World Vision’s work, the garden’s designers, John Warland and Sim Flemons, have included a flower called Lupinus mutabilis in their planting scheme.
This ancient plant produces a high protein bean called the Tarwi bean, which is used in parts of Bolivia to help improve children’s diets.
Because of its rarity in the UK the Lupinus mutabilis is being grown from seed especially for The World Vision Garden.
The plant sits alongside flowers including Geum borissi, Iris sibirica and Aconitum ivorine.
Mr Neville said: “Behind our beautiful garden there is an incredibly important message about the millions of children who need our help to have a better future. We hope that by being at RHS Chelsea we will be able to tell their stories to thousands of people and work with them to offer support and opportunities to children who need it most.”
You can read more about the World Vision Garden at www.worldvision.org.uk/rhs