Kids at Great Ormond Street Hospital get creative for Chelsea

Children at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) have been creating colourful leaf designs to be incorporated into the seating for The Morgan Stanley Garden at RHS Chelsea Flower Show in May.

GOSH patients' design for the seating in Chris Beardshaw's Chelsea garden. Image: Supplied
GOSH patients' design for the seating in Chris Beardshaw's Chelsea garden. Image: Supplied

The show garden, designed by Chris Beardshaw, will be rebuilt at the hospital immediately after the show, where it will provide a reflective space for parents and families of the children undergoing care.

The children were invited to join workshops across the hospital throughout the holidays, so patients' siblings could also join in the fun. The series of workshops were organised by GO Create! (GOSH's in-house arts programme) and Beardshaw's design team. The children were encouraged to be as imaginative and inventive as they liked, using as many colours and different materials as they wanted in their leaf designs.

Leaves were displayed in the hospital for everyone to admire, before the designs were incorporated into a fabric which will cover the garden's seating.

Susie Hall, Head of GO Create! said: "Everyone has been thrilled to have been involved in the making of this wonderful garden which will be appreciated by families and staff alike. The patients are always delighted for their artwork to be celebrated and shown to the public and they have loved getting involved and being inventive with their designs. They're really looking forward to seeing their artwork displayed in the garden."

Beardshaw said, "We really wanted to find a way to engage the children in the making of the garden and it has been wonderful to see the individuality and creativity of all the leaf designs. We are really looking forward to showing the children how their designs are play such a colourful role on the seating in the finished garden."

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