18-254 Chelsea Flower Show 2018 - The Myeloma UK Garden
Taken 24/05/18; I became somewhat snap happy at Chelsea this year so I'll upload them in small blocks, starting with the Myeloma Garden. From the RHS website:
"The Myeloma UK Garden was inspired by Peter King, a Myeloma UK supporter whose wife Gill and brother Graham passed away in 2016 after a short battle with myeloma. It is designed to raise awareness of myeloma, an incurable form of blood cancer originating in the bone marrow, which, while treatable, is not yet curable.
Rising from the centre of the garden is a giant sculpture constructed from layers of transparent Arctic blue acrylic and modelled on Peter and Gill King’s daughter Gemma Peace. It represents the role of the carer, a person who is often crucial in ensuring that the patient remains the main focus of a myeloma diagnosis.
The sculpture appears to be blowing seeds and plants onto fertile soil below to represent new treatment, and as a sign of hope and growth. There is no defined path through the garden, purposefully mirroring the situation many myeloma patients face. Boulders are used to represent plasma cells, from which the cancer arises, and overlapping steel panels that border the garden are physical representations of barriers in care and treatment. Plants include Taxus balls, Malus, Anthriscus sylvestris, Prunus, Matteuccia struthiopteris and Melica nutans.
The Myeloma UK Garden is supported by: Bord na Móna Growise, Meyer Homes, The Christopher Laing Foundation and Mo Moody, in memory of her husband, Mike Moody."