We are delighted our Mind's Eye Garden at 2014 RHS Chelsea Flower Show has won BBC/RHS People's Choice Award as well as the Gold Medal and Best Fresh Garden!
In partnership with property developers Countryside, we created the ‘Mind’s Eye Garden’ inspired by the human ability to visualise scenes and images without the need for sight. As a result, RHS Chelsea Flower Show judges awarded us a hatrick of awards, BBC/RHS People's Choice, Gold Medal and Best Fresh Garden, at the world-famous event.
'We are thrilled to have received the People's Choice Award for our garden and have been extremely touched by the lovely comments we've received,' says Karen Deacon, Director of Education and Social Care. 'We'd like to thank everyone who took the time to vote and congratulate everyone who has been involved in the development of the garden especially talented designers Tom and Alex from LDC as well as our sponsors Countryside who have made the whole project possible.'
Elements from the Mind's Eye Garden will be used in a joint scheme between Countryside and RNIB to improve the existing RNIB supported living facilities at Redhill, Surrey. This innovative programme will be the first of its kind in the UK and will provide an integrated and vibrant community. Read more about the services we provide in supported living, residential care and schools and colleges.
Graham Cherry, Chief Executive of Countryside commented: 'We're delighted to have received the People's Choice Awards against some very tough competition. The garden looks fantastic, it's enabled us to establish key design features for the sensory trail and gardens which are planed for the RNIB Community Living Service at Redhil. The garden is a credit to the team and I would like to congratulate everyone involved on their magnificent efforts.'
The Mind’s Eye Garden was the brainchild of designer Tom Prince, who makes his Chelsea debut this year. He has developed the garden in partnership with landscape architect Alex Frazier, and together with their colleagues at landscapers LDC they have worked closely with RNIB to ensure the garden reflects experiences of sight loss and can be enjoyed by everyone.
Our Mind's Eye garden has won the Best Fresh Garden award and the Gold Medal at the RHS Chelsea Flower show with our sensory garden for blind and partially sighted people! RHS medals are given to horticultural exhibits as a mark of excellence. We've also won the BBC/RHS People's Choice competition which is voted for by the public, thank you to everyone who voted!
Check out our photos of the Mind's Eye Garden on Flickr, featuring a few celebs too!
Visit the RHS website to find out more about our garden and how it has been designed by LDC Design. You can download or listen to our garden plant list and audio guide below.
Find out which wonderful plants we have used at Mind's Eye Garden with our plant lists:
Listen to our audio guide of The Mind's Eye Garden and plant list: