Designed by David Wyndham Lewis, garden designer at Blank Canvas Gardens and Major Gifts Manager at Perennial, the Perennial Legacy Garden represents the lifelong impact leaving a gift in your will has on the people Perennial helps. This garden complements Perennial show gardens at RHS Flower Show Cardiff (12-14 April) and RHS Chelsea Flower Show (21-25 May).

Perennial was founded in 1839 as a pension fund for retired gardeners. Today the charity supports people and their families in all branches of horticulture through life-changing events with free and confidential personal support, for as long as it’s needed.

David Wyndham Lewis says;

“Perennial’s work is often described as a ‘lifeline’ so the Perennial Legacy Garden’s structure is a visual interpretation of the influence that a life can have. The water in the garden represents life and legacy, touching every part of the design. We want to draw visitors through to learn more about Perennial and its incredible work supporting people in horticulture.”

The longevity of the charity is represented through the medium of water, reminding us that life emerges, flows through time overcoming all obstacles in its way before returning to the earth. The bubbling, tricking and flowing of water culminates at a still pool which is intended to be a space for people to sit, reflect and remember. Pots & Pithoi is supplying the water feature and a tryptic of artworks by Jane Proctor, representing the three phases of life, will hang on the yew hedging. David Massey, based in Knaresborough near Harrogate, will build the garden – he built Perennial’s garden at the show in 2014, which was awarded Premier Gold.

While conceptual in its design, the garden could be transferred to a domestic back garden or as part of a larger garden design. The materials are contemporary in feel and the art is a mixture of new works and ancient objects.  The pathway cuts through the garden, bringing light into the two woodland areas, which is representative of how Perennial brings light to the darkest of situations.  A collection of rare and special plants can be discovered as you move through the garden and a wetland and marginal area is fed from the central water feature. All elements of the garden have been sourced from local crafts people and growers wherever possible.