RHS Chelsea Flower Show sculptor loans to hospital garden

Sculptor Simon Gudgeon is loaning several of his pieces to Horatio's Garden, Salisbury, for a summer exhibition, following this year's RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

Tree Spirit Simon Gudgeon Horatio's Garden Salisbury
Tree Spirit Simon Gudgeon Horatio's Garden Salisbury

Gudgeon is loaning eight of his sculptures including Tree Spirit which was unveiled at last month's RHS Chelsea Flower Show, alongside Lyrebird, Geranos, Falcon, Barn Owl and Search for Enlightenment.

Horatio’s Garden is a charity that creates and cares for gardens in NHS spinal injury centres.

Garden designers develop the sanctuaries for patients and their family and friends.

The charity is named after Horatio Chapple - a schoolboy who wanted to be a doctor and volunteered at the spinal centre in Salisbury. It was his idea to create a garden and his research has shaped the garden designs and the charity’s aims. His life was cut short at 17 when his camp was attacked by a polar bear while on expedition in Svalbard in 2011 but his legacy continues to help patients and their families with the long process of learning to live with a spinal cord injury.

The first Horatio’s Garden, designed by Cleve West, was opened in September 2012 at the Duke of Cornwall Spinal Treatment Centre at Salisbury District Hospital. 


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