Designer Plans ‘Award Winning’ Garden For St Giles Hospice
Published on: Mon, 20/01/2020 - 09:00
An award-winning Lichfield garden designer is showcasing plans for a garden inspired by St Giles Hospice at a launch event in January.
Karen Tatlow has created a community garden which will be entered in next year’s RHS Malvern Show before it is then moved piece by piece to St Giles Hospice in Fisherwick Road, Whittington.
The garden, which will become a family space at the hospice, has already been fully designed and approved by St Giles and the unveiling of the garden design will be the centre piece of a launch event at the hospice on January 23rd.
“Everything has been designed with a purpose – not only is there wheelchair access, there is room to take a bed into the garden and still be able to accommodate family, friends and even pets,” explained Karen of Karen Tatlow Garden Design in Cappers Lane, Lichfield.
“The design was very much about creating a space where families or the hospice community could come together to spend time and to ‘make memories’ as well as being an oasis of calm if needed.”
Karen, who last year won three awards at the prestigious RHS Malvern Show, now plans to launch the garden at a special event to be held at St Gile Hospices, Whittington, on 23rd January from 6.30 to 8.30pm.
“It will be a packed evening where people can find out how a show garden comes together, volunteer their time and find out how a financial pledge will help us create this wonderful garden,” she said.
“It’s also a great opportunity for any businesses to come along and find out more about how they can get involved, from sponsoring the garden to donating goods and staff time to the build of the garden at the show or back at the hospice.
“The Sunflower is the emblem of the hospice movement and in recognition of this we are hoping to sell hundreds of metal sunflowers, which will create an art installation at the heart of the garden at the show. After the show people will be able to collect them to put in their own garden, or leave at St Giles for the garden there.
“These will be £20 each with half the proceeds going to St Giles and the rest to fund the building project,” she explained.
The designer is confident that entering the garden in the Malvern show will help raise the St Giles profile and also attract corporate backers from around the region.
“The show gets over 100,000 visitors as well as featuring on several television programmes – including Gardeners’ World – as well as in newspapers and magazines. It really is big news so a winning garden will certainly get a lot of publicity,” said Karen.
Mike Lote from MJL Garden Design, who will be building the garden, said he hoped the garden would provide St Giles with a real ‘community hub’ which would provide happy, positive memories for people who visited it.
St Giles community engagement co-ordinator Jenni Fryer said the garden project was a wonderful way to highlight the accessibility of the hospice, as well as opening it up to the wider community.
“People can often be fearful of coming into hospices, thinking there are going to be dark, sad places and this garden is a great way of showcasing to a huge audience what St Giles Hospice is all about,” she said.
“It’s wonderful to think that so many people will see a different view of hospices at the show and when the garden comes back to the hospice at Whittington.“
Tickets for the launch can be booked at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-story-of-a-rhs-show-garden-tickets-84152156365
For further details of the campaign launch, the garden project and how to get involved go to