Perennial’s show garden at the RHS Flower Show at Tatton Park marks the launch of a new legacy fundraising campaign, highlighting how vital gifts in wills are to the charity. Supported by Glendale and designed by Gardening World Cup 2014 Best in Show winner Paul Hervey-Brookes, the Perennial Legacy Garden brings together a team from across the horticulture industry, working together to show support for their trade charity. The garden aims to inspire people to think about their own legacy and the difference their help can make to the lives of others.
Perennial has a long history of helping horticulturists – in 1839, the custodians of Britain’s great estates came together to start pensions for their sick, injured and elderly gardeners. Perennial was born and today is the UK’s only charity dedicated to helping people who work in horticulture, and their families, when times get tough. Reflecting this heritage, the show garden is based on elements of a large English country estate, featuring long herbaceous borders, a pavilion and a separate walled working garden with gardener’s bothy and nursery beds. The planting palette is a rich tapestry of traditional and contemporary herbaceous perennials, taking its inspiration from long mixed borders such as those at Arley Hall and Upton House.
A large proportion of Perennial’s work is funded by the generosity of those who remember Perennial in their will. Legacy donations make up over half of Perennial’s voluntary income, playing a vital role in ensuring the charity is able to continue providing support for those who have nowhere else to turn.
Anita Bates, Director of Marketing and Development at Perennial says:
“Perennial was established by the owners of the country houses of Great Britain to look after the gardeners who worked tirelessly to plant and maintain the estate gardens. Our show garden reflects that tradition of support and we hope it will highlight our continued need for legacy income in order to help all those who work in the UK’s horticultural community today. Paul has done a fantastic job in creating a celebration of this tradition and a garden that is as inspirational today as it would have been in the 19th Century.
“The garden is a huge team effort bringing together a top designer, a great sponsor, quality suppliers and landscapers. It will also bring home why it is in the interest of everyone working in this industry that Perennial is here, to provide a safety net if ever they should need it. But it’s not just horticulturists that support Perennial. We have a long history of help from garden-loving members of the public, many of whom have chosen to leave us a gift in their will to help continue our work.”
Andy Corcoran, Managing Director at Glendale, says:
“Glendale is committed in its support for Perennial and it’s a real pleasure to make our mark on this wonderful show garden at the RHS Flower Show Tatton Park. Our support involves the donation of 2,000 plants and ten trees which will be planted in the garden, and we’re looking forward to seeing them blossom as part of the finished project. Representatives from Glendale will also be working in the garden so it really will have the Glendale stamp.
“It’s our aim to help horticulturists in need through our long-term association with Perennial and hope the Perennial Legacy Garden serves as a reminder that those who care for the green spaces of modern Britain are not always as visible as the gardens, parks, landscapes and sportsgrounds they meticulously maintain.”
The garden’s designer, Paul Hervey-Brookes says of his only UK show garden this year:
“I am really pleased with how well everything has come together as we have built this garden and we hope visitors will enjoy it. I am proud to be working with Perennial and helping raise awareness of the incredible work they do to help horticulturists – it is vitally important particularly for those in our industry to support the charity so it can continue to help those most in need.”
Further support and materials for the garden have been provided by Rolawn, Travis Perkins, Readyhedge, Bulldog Tools (Rollins Group Ltd), Wotmix cement, Bradstone, Haddonstone, Pots & Pithoi, Roger Ellis Studios and The Vintage Garden Store. The garden has been built by Cheshire based contractor G K Wilson Landscapes with the help of some fabulous volunteers.
For further information about Perennial and its legacy campaign visit www.perennial.org.uk
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Perennial offers free, confidential advice and support to everyone working in or retired from horticulture and their families, including gardeners, landscapers, nursery and garden centre staff, parks and grounds care staff and tree surgeons. People turn to Perennial for financial and emotional help in times of need because of disability, sickness, financial hardship and old age – although increasingly those under retirement age are seeking their assistance. Many individuals describe the services Perennial offers as a ‘lifeline’. The work of Perennial depends on voluntary donations from the horticultural industry and the garden-loving public. Find out more at www.perennial.org.uk. Follow on Twitter @PerennialGRBS or find us on Facebook.
Glendale delivers nine specialist green services – landscaping, grounds maintenance, arboriculture, estate management, cleansing services, vegetation control, woodland management, the supply of plants and semi mature trees, and golf management. In July 2013 Glendale Horticulture acquired the trade and assets of RA Meredith and Sons (Nurseries) Limited, enabling Glendale Horticulture to become a major force in the horticulture market. In 2015 Glendale Horticulture acquired the trade and assets of Mahood Nurseries, making Glendale Horticulture a major force in the UK horticulture market. Glendale is celebrating its 25th year of service delivery in 2015. Find out more at www.glendale-services.co.uk. Follow on Twitter @GlendaleUK