Macmillan Legacy Garden: RHS Hampton Court 2015

Designing the Macmillan Legacy Garden for the RHS Hampton Court Flower Show 2015 was a profound honor. Tasked with encouraging legacy gifts for Macmillan Cancer Support, the garden aimed to convey the importance of support in the cancer journey. The project was especially meaningful as I had recently lost my mother-in-law to cancer, reinforcing the message that no one should face cancer alone.

Macmillan Legacy Garden: A Contemplative Journey at RHS Hampton Court

The Macmillan Legacy show garden was inspired by life’s meandering journey and the need we all have in times of turmoil to find solace, calm and inspiration.

Conceived as a contemporary edge of woodland scene, a series of paving paths weave through the space, reaching out beyond the confines of the garden to invite people in. Deliberately varying paving widths adds texture underfoot, whilst a ribbon of water connects two pools reflected the garden and the sky. Various crossing point over the water via stepping stones focuses the mind…

Signifying the obstacles in life that one has no choice but to overcome.

A rounded, curving structure blends into the garden space, the exterior clothed with woodland plants indicating a place of sanctuary. Rendered internally in white, the colour and curves ensure there is little visual distraction, so encouraging one to look back through the entrance framing the garden view. Now slightly elevated above the scene, you are better placed to contemplate your journey through the garden, and so your life.

A roof aperture allows a birch to reach skyward representing life after one has been touched by cancer, and Macmillan’s life affirming work. Plants have been chosen to represent the rich diversity of life, whilst supporting wildlife.

The presence of Macmillan Cancer Support is always at the heart of the garden.

The planting palette is green with highlights of white to reflect Macmillan’s brand colours, whilst the charity’s secondary colours – rusty orange and apricot – are used to enliven the scene.

We were delighted to be awarded an RHS Gold medal for the Macmillan Cancer Support Legacy garden, the first we have received for a show garden at RHS Hampton Court.

The Telegraph said of the garden “The garden is restful, contemplative and inspires visitors to consider both their life’s legacy and what they have achieved”