Chelsea Flower Show Plants Donated to Hospital

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Published on April 3rd 2020
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While many RHS shows have been cancelled some flowers grown for the shows have found a new home at Derriford Hospital.
Yeo Valley was supposed to exhibit it's first completely organic garden at the Chelsea Flower Show this year. Since the cancellation of the show, the gardening team had a number of plants slowly but surely going to waste unless planted.
Tom Massey, landscape and garden designer, has been working on the garden for the last few months. He has been looking for a way to donate the plants when he came across Grace Alexander's call to action. She has been looking for plants to donate for Derriford Hospital in Devon, where her sister in law has been working as an ICU nurse.
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"She was asking if anyone could donate plants to brighten up the hospital's courtyard" Tom explains, "To help the nurses and the patients in the coming months when it's going to be really tough on the nurses."
As Grace put it so elegantly in her original post:
ICU will save lives. This garden will save souls.
Once Tom reached out to Grace and the plans were confirmed, more than 300 plants were moved to the site where Tom with a team of volunteers, keeping a safe distance from each other, planted the courtyard with the various plants.
Candide presenter Helen has managed to grab a camera and take a few shots of the work in progress.
Watch on YouTube While many of the Yeo Valley Garden plants have found a new home this way, Tom and the team are still looking for hospitals they can donate plants to. If you know about any hospitals who would be interested in brightening up their courtyards, get in touch by emailing [email protected]

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