Mementos, including marbles, buttons and over a hundred other curiosities line the walls and inhabit the flower borders of designer Gary Bristow’s Macmillan Legacy Garden.
The garden tells the story of a fictional couple and the legacy they left behind through objects they loved. It will be on display at the RHS Malvern Spring Festival from 9th – 12th May.
Featuring a planting scheme of perennials, bulbs and self-seeding plants, the garden is inspired by the significance of legacy donations to Macmillan Cancer Support. Macmillan Cancer Support receives over a third of its income through gifts left in wills.
Garden designer, Gary Bristow, said:
“The memorabilia built into the garden tells the story of a fictional couple. One an artist and one a photographer – using objects from their lifetime’s collection.”
“I wanted this garden to be an immersive celebration of life and to draw attention to the importance of legacies as a concept.”
Gary was moved to create the garden for Macmillan after his family were supported by the charity during his grandmother’s cancer diagnosis.
“The garden includes an area of white planting to represent the challenges of a cancer diagnosis, when life can seem to lose its colour. The garden develops into more colourful and tactile planting, expressing the warmth and energy Macmillan’s support provides.”
The Macmillan Legacy Garden also contains totem pole sculptures of different materials and sizes. These highlight that, regardless of shape or size, gifts in wills are all of vital importance to Macmillan Cancer Support.
Ruthie Coverdale, Macmillan Cancer Support Senior Legacy Promotions Manager said:
“Gary’s garden is a touching reminder that legacies can be beautiful and make a real impact for other people.”
Head of Shows, Diana Walton, said the team felt privileged to provide a platform for such a poignant, inspirational and beautiful garden:
“We value our role in supporting show garden designs like this which highlight such important issues and raise awareness of charities which do make a real difference.
“In designing this garden Gary has created something that is both spectacular and sensitively encourages more openness about a difficult topic to help people in a positive way. It is a wonderful garden and we are delighted it will be on show at RHS Malvern Spring Festival this year.”