The Journey Garden for St Michael’s Hospice

Malvern Show 2015

Exhibited at RHS Malvern, this garden shows a journey, a journey through the elements of the St. Michael’s hospice landscape and a personal journey in times of illness and loss. The main sculpture is The Angel Tree representing the sanctuary of care offered by the hospice, with its canopy of shelter and refuge for patients.

The curved path tells of a person’s journey, the materials used to create the path and tree are recycled from the old hospice building and interspersed with locally sourced chestnut. This is intended to represent rejuvenation, as the new eco building goes up at the hospice and the old building is refurbished.

The plants chosen show how the new gardens created at the hospice will increase biodiversity, attract bees and butterflies and have aromatic scent for therapeutic benefits. The no grass lawn can be lain on, the lavender brushed against when walking down the path.

We won a silver gilt medal, special thanks to Matt and all the team who helped create the wonderful garden.

The garden is now completely rebuilt and being enjoyed by patients and staff at St. Michael’s Hospice in Herefordshire. The comment below came through from the hospice.

Our gardens are a source of peace and tranquillity to many.

Caroline Everett, whose husband is currently staying with us, has found solace under the award-winning ‘St Michael’s Hospice wings’ sculpture (officially called The Angel Tree) designed by Matthew Lane Sanderson which represents the Hospice as a place where people can find sanctuary during difficult times.

‘I just feel so safe under there,’ says Caroline. ‘It protects me from the sun and the rain, and when I feel upset it protects me from those feelings. I just feel I can wrap myself up in it.

‘Most of all though, it just reflects the calm you feel when entering St Michael’s.’