Chester-based landscaping company The Cheshire Garden unveiled the design for a memorial garden for the 25th anniversary of Children Today Charitable Trust.
Jane Bingham of The Cheshire Garden and Penny Hearn of Planting with Penny collaborated on the design of the garden, which is called Let’s Go Fly A Kite!
The Concept Garden will be on display at this year’s prestigious RHS Flower Show Tatton Park from July 17-21.
Children Today provides funds for the purchase of specialized equipment for children and youth with disabilities up to the age of 25, such as adapted strollers and car seats, sturdy furniture and sensory equipment.
The aim of the association is to enable children with disabilities to achieve their full potential and to live as independently as possible.
Jane Bingham said: “We have designed a garden that tells the story of the challenges faced by those Children Today supports and celebrates the charity’s success in helping children with disabilities live their lives to the fullest.
“The Children Today brand colors and kite motif are clearly visible in the design in the form of sculptures and plants, and from above, a child enjoying the use of the equipment is revealed. “
Penny Hearn added, “We have chosen five key plants to highlight that symbolize courage, patience, strength, gratitude and joy – all the emotions that the children Children Today helps will have experienced.
Children Today founder Hugh McCaw said, “A lot of us take a trip to the beach or a walk in the woods for granted, but it’s an impossibility for some families due to a disability. It doesn’t have to be though.
“Often times, just a piece of equipment can make a real difference in the lives of the people we support, not just for the child but for the whole family.
“Jane and Penny really captured the essence of what Children Today is in their design.
“The journey that many of the children we help take is incredibly moving and the design of the garden is very empowering in its symbolic representation of this journey.
“The garden invites people to imagine the obstacles and struggles people with disabilities face on a daily basis.
“I was personally very moved by the concept and I am sure that it will strike a chord with many visitors to the show.
Jane and Penny already received a silver medal in their very first show garden at the RHS Tatton Show in 2017 with their Remember Me Dementia Garden, and are aiming for a gold medal this year.
Jane added, “We would like to thank our sponsors Burton and Rossett Horticultural Society, Iceland Foundation and those who have so generously donated products and talent to bring the garden to life, Marshalls Plc. and Murray environmental.
Additionally, Jane and Penny launched a crowdfunding campaign with the goal of raising the additional funds needed to create the garden.
The highest donor will receive two free tickets to the RHS Tatton Show in July, along with afternoon tea for two.
All plants and other items included in the garden will be auctioned off on the last day to raise additional funds for Children Today.
To find out more about the garden, contact Jane at [email protected]