Horatio's Garden

Aylesbury

Opened in Sept 2018, Horatio's Garden at the National Spinal Injury Centre, Stoke Mandeville Hospital is designed by Joe Swift. The fully accessible garden for patients with spinal injuries has been part funded by the NGS. The beautiful space is cleverly designed to bring the sights, sounds and scents of nature into the heart of the NHS. Everything is high quality and carefully designed to bring benefit to patients who spend months in hospital after a spinal injury.
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    The central water feature introduces a calming and therapeutic presence. Bird baths, feeders and berries encourage wildlife into the garden and the pollen and nectar rich plants attract insects and butterflies; bringing it to life.

    The garden is planted with plenty of seasonal interest. The amelanchier trees and clipped euonymus alatus turn fiery autumnal shades, whilst the sarcococca, honeysuckles, star jasmine and others have been chosen for their fine fragrance. Aromatic plants like salvias, fennel and rosemary are there to be touched and smelt. A winter flowering cherry will bring uplifting cheer and lead us into spring where masses of flowering bulbs will introduce strong shots of colour.

    The lighting extends the use of the garden into the evening but also creates dramatic compositions, especially when viewed from the inside in the evenings too.

    Of course, a garden is never truly finished; it is an ever evolving story which will develop over the years with patients and our team of volunteers.

    Joe Swift 2018
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Features and Attractions

The garden features an incredible garden room designed by architect Andrew Wells. Meet the Head Gardener and volunteer team and taste our delicious tea and home-made cake!

Press and Media Coverage

Featured on ITV Meridian news (Sept 2018), Gardeners' World (Summer 2019) and in Gardens Illustrated (Oct 2018).

Horatio's Garden- Canceled

Refreshments:

On this day, this garden is open by arrangement, which means that you will have to contact the owner to arrange visits for groups.

Pre-booking essential, please go to our events page to book your tickets.

Admission by donation

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Owner Information

Jacqui Martin-Lof
07785771761
jacqui@horatiosgarden.org.uk
http://www.horatiosgarden.org.uk

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How to find us

Horatio's Garden
National Spinal Injury Centre (NSIC), Stoke Mandeville Hospital
Mandeville Road, Stoke Mandeville
Aylesbury
Buckinghamshire
HP21 8AL

Accessibility information

The garden is fully accessible, having been designed specifically for patients in wheelchairs or hospital beds.

More about Horatio's Garden

The central water feature introduces a calming and therapeutic presence. Bird baths, feeders and berries encourage wildlife into the garden and the pollen and nectar rich plants attract insects and butterflies; bringing it to life.

The garden is planted with plenty of seasonal interest. The amelanchier trees and clipped euonymus alatus turn fiery autumnal shades, whilst the sarcococca, honeysuckles, star jasmine and others have been chosen for their fine fragrance. Aromatic plants like salvias, fennel and rosemary are there to be touched and smelt. A winter flowering cherry will bring uplifting cheer and lead us into spring where masses of flowering bulbs will introduce strong shots of colour.

The lighting extends the use of the garden into the evening but also creates dramatic compositions, especially when viewed from the inside in the evenings too.

Of course, a garden is never truly finished; it is an ever evolving story which will develop over the years with patients and our team of volunteers.

Joe Swift 2018
.

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