Sarah Eberle's RHS Chelsea Artisan garden to evoke a haven of peace and relaxation

Sarah Eberle's design for this year's RHS Chelsea Flower Show Breast Cancer Haven Garden centres around an oak leaf 'nest' by willow sculptor, Tom Hare.

Sarah Eberle's design
Sarah Eberle's design

Both Eberle and Hare took their inspiration from the three existing Haven gardens – in London, Hereford and Leeds – at centres which provide free complementary therapies to breast cancer sufferers.
In Eberle’s design, for the Artisan Gardens section of Chelsea, Hare’s willow sculpture sits underneath a British oak which symbolises strength, surrounded by woodland edge perennials and shrubs in earthy colours, many of which are used in sponsor Nelsons’ natural healthcare products.

She said: "The garden has been designed as a space to be with others or alone if desired, a place to connect with nature and to relax in comfort."

Hare said that he was looking forward to seeing his work in situ. Following Chelsea the garden will be moved to a new Haven garden in Hampshire.

He added: "The movement and direction of this weave is quite technical and really shows off the form."

This is The Haven’s first Chelsea garden. Chief executive officer Pamela Healy said: "With The Haven’s first ever NHS site due to open in the Breast Unit at Worcestershire Royal Hospital in the autumn and our fifth Haven opening in Hampshire in October, 2015 is proving to be a very exciting and busy year for [the organisation].

"The RHS Chelsea Garden will provide the perfect international platform to highlight the work our teams undertake daily to support the one-in-eight women diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime."

Eberle will not receive a fee for her work.

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