To help mark its 180th anniversary, Perennial – the Gardeners’ Royal Benevolent Society has partnered with Irish garden designer Peter Donegan with a show garden for Royal Horticultural Society Flower Show Cardiff (12-14 April 2019). It is the first time the horticulture charity has exhibited at the show and the first time Peter (or any Irish designer) has designed there.
The Perennial Garden at RHS Flower Show Cardiff is a modern urban private garden designed to increase awareness of Perennial, the charity that helps and supports people in horticulture. It highlights the importance of recognising and addressing poor mental health in the horticulture industry, inviting show visitors to look beyond the polished exterior and imagine what challenges its owner, or creator, may be facing. The garden has been made possible by the support of the horticulture industry and in particular Burnham Landscaping, who are constructing the garden at the show, and CED Stone who are providing the hard landscaping and additional support.
Speaking about the garden and his decision to support Perennial, designer Peter Donegan says:
“In a modern world dominated by social media we can so often be fooled by an edited Instagram post or a gushing status update when many of us are struggling with physical, mental and financial challenges and burdens. Perennial helps people in horticulture manage and overcome the challenges of poor physical and mental health in an industry that demands strength and resilience. We hope this garden helps continue the conversation about mental health in the horticulture sector and helps spread the word that Perennial is here to help.”
Perennial helps and supports anyone who creates or maintains gardens, parks, sports facilities and other green spaces when times get tough whether is with fincial or health issues. To find out more click here (opens external link).
Find out more about RHS Flower Cardiff including how to book tickets (opens external link).