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Hospice gardeners’ glee at gold!

A stunning display garden has earned a team of Earl Mountbatten Hospice volunteers a gold certificate at this year’s Royal Isle of Wight County Show, on what would have been Earl Mountbatten’s birthday.
The ‘Garden of Memories’ was designed by Loren Thorn, known as the Singing Gardener and long time hospice supporter, with input from hospice volunteer gardener Sue Clerkin and a number of other volunteers who helped create the garden – from laying the foundations to placing the plants, which were loaned by Eddington Nursery in Seaview and Busy Bee Garden Centre.
The temporary display garden was based on a similar design to the hospice’s own Chelsea Garden, located at the John Cheverton Centre, and was built from materials kindly loaned by Jewsons. The aim was to recreate the relaxing feel of the hospice gardens, and featured a wishing well, an olive and a pomegranate tree as well as a decorative stone pathway and yellow flowers. It was located among other award-winning designs in a new section called Homes and Gardens.
Sue said: “I wore my gold boots and they proved lucky in the end! It was amazing to see the finished garden and to think about the hard work and what we achieved. So many people came and gave us compliments and congratulated us on our win. I’d like to also pay tribute to Loren for her superb gardening skills which she used to help us create this fantastic garden.”
Nigel Hartley, Chief Executive, said: “What an amazing achievement, made all the more poignant by it being the date of Earl Mountbatten’s birthday. We are so grateful to our volunteers for working so hard in representing the hospice at the County Show. It has really helped to show our Island community just a little piece of what is on offer here at the hospice, and I hope that more people will be inspired to come and see the Chelsea Garden and our other gardens as a result.”
The hospice’s gardens are open to everyone, at any time of day, and all visitors are welcome. There is also a children’s play area and our Sunflower Café is open to the public from 8am to 8pm Monday to Thursday, 8am to 4pm on Friday, 10am to 4pm at the weekend, serving a delicious meals, cakes and hot drinks.

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Wendy Young, patient