Hartley Botanic to donate Chelsea glasshouse to Horatio's Garden

The glasshouse at the centre of Hartley Botanic's Chelsea show garden will be incorporated into a design by James Alexander-Sinclair in a new hospital garden in Glasgow.

The Hartley Botanic Chelsea show garden. Image: Supplied
The Hartley Botanic Chelsea show garden. Image: Supplied

The Hartley Botanic Show Garden on Main Avenue is designed by Catherine McDonald from Landform Consultants.

The £30,000 matt bronze finish glasshouse, named Opus, will be attached to a wall reminiscent of a walled garden. At Chelsea it will be a home for an assortment of tropical, aquatic and carnivorous plants as well as providing a retreat from which to view the surrounding woodland.

Hartley Botanic managing director Johnny Mobasher said Horatio's Garden had always been close to his heart. The charity creates and cares for gardens in NHS spinal injury centres to provide sanctuaries for patients and their loved ones.

Mobasher said: "In line with my hopes for continuity of some elements of our Chelsea Garden I'm truly delighted to announce that Opus - our state of the art Hartley Botanic glasshouse - will find a new home at the second Horatio's Garden".

Designed by James Alexander-Sinclair, the garden will open in 2016 at the Queen Elizabeth National Spinal Injuries Unit in Glasgow which cares for patients from across Scotland.

The designer commented: "We are super thrilled that Hartley Botanic have agreed to donate their Chelsea greenhouse to Horatio's Garden Scotland. It will not only add to the general loveliness of the garden but will also be a great asset to the rehabilitation and health of the patients"

The first Horatio's Garden, designed by Cleve West, opened in 2012 at the Duke of Cornwall Spinal Treatment at Salisbury Hospital. Joe Swift is designing the third Horatio's Garden at The National Spinal Injuries Centre at Stoke Mandeville Hospital and fundraising has just started. The spinal centre cares for 150 newly injured patients each year including teenagers and children.

The charity is currently working with The London Spinal Cord Injury Centre at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital Stanmore, The Princess Royal Spinal Injuries Centre at Sheffield and The Golden Jubilee Spinal Injuries Centre at Middlesbrough and aims to bring Horatio's Gardens to all the UK's 11 regional specialist spinal centres.

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