Mr Fothergill’s has donated a range of plants (a mix of annuals and perennials) for the new hospice garden, which were grown from seed by Forest View Nursery, a local grower on the Isle of Wight.
The plants donated by Mr Fothergill’s include Eschscholzia californica (Californian poppy); Nigella damascena (Love-in-a-mist); Ammi majus (Bishops Flower); Orlaya grandiflora (Minoan lace); Agrostemma githago (Corncockle); Meconopsis cambrica (Welsh poppy) and Papaver ruprifragum.
A planting day on 4 July saw the plants taking their place in the garden, being planted up by members of the landscaping team from CAR Gardens who have built the garden, working alongside Greenfingers staff and volunteers. This planting day sees the garden almost complete ahead of the garden being officially opened in July.
Linda Petrons, Head of Fundraising for Greenfingers, said: "We’d like to offer our sincere thanks to all at Mr Fothergill’s and Forest View Nursery for this generous donation of plants which are wonderful additions to the planting scheme in the RBC Chelsea Garden at Earl Mountbatten Hospice. It’s wonderful to think that their beautiful plants will soon be enjoyed by the young people and families who spend time at the hospice."
David Carey, Joint Managing Director of Mr. Fothergill’s Seeds, said: "We are delighted to support Greenfingers latest garden at the Earl Mountbatten Hospice. It is a pleasure to have played a small part in making this garden possible by providing the seed for plants, and liaising with the local growers, Graham and Madeleine Hollies of Forest View Nursery. We hope this new garden brings pleasure to all and we look forward to supporting Greenfingers even more in the future."
The relocation has been funded and facilitated by Greenfingers with further donations from Royal Bank of Canada, along with LOFA (Leisure & Outdoor Furniture Association) and others.
Alan Titchmarsh MBE, will officially open the RBC Chelsea Garden at Earl Mountbatten Hospice on 18 July.