Chelsea flowers go to Norfolk Hospice Tapping House

Volunteers and Norfolk Hospice staff battled searing sun over the weekend to landscape the hospice grounds with pre-loved plants from the Chelsea Flower Show.

Volunteer gardeners Paul Davey, left, and Michael Moore at the Norfolk Hospice garden. Image: Supplied
Volunteer gardeners Paul Davey, left, and Michael Moore at the Norfolk Hospice garden. Image: Supplied

As in 2015, Crane Garden Buildings of King's Lynn has donated all the plants from their flower show stand to the hospice, which has a 4.5 acre garden. Visitors and patients use the site as a space to relax and reflect.

Peter Mortin from Crane designed the original plan for the company's Chelsea 2016 stand, which won a Five-Star Tradestand award. His planting scheme was inspired by his walks in the Norfolk countryside.

Flowers from the display now being rehomed at Norfolk Hospice included Phlox subulata "Fabulous Blue Violet", Iris "White City" and Geranium "Pink Pouffe". The tradestand (pictured below) also contained silver birch trees for height and the beds were encased in sustainably sourced silver birch timber.

Image: Supplied

Mortin spent last Saturday morning (23 July) with the volunteer team, helping to plant up many of the 800 plants donated. It was extremely hard work as the temperature soared to 28°C but the teams persevered to ensure as many plants as possible were planted and watered. The hospice hopes to plant the remaining plants over the next few weeks.

Hospice chief executive Lyndsay Carter said: "We cannot thank Peter and Crane Garden Buildings enough for their kind donation. A special thank you to Peter for spending so much time with us, both in the design of the garden, and physically helping to plant."

She also praised the volunteers for their commitment and time working in such hot temperatures.

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