Hugh and Howard Miller, the award-winning team behind design-and-make studio H. Miller Bros, have announced that their Alder Hey Urban Foraging Station is to be showcased at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show this spring.
The garden was created by the brothers for Alder Hey's Children's Charity in Liverpool, and will now spend a few days at the gardening exhibition before heading north to its new home.
Once it arrives on-site at the charity's HQ, the garden will be positioned outside the entrance to Sunflower House, a new building that is dedicated to mental health services for children and young people. The garden is designed with mental wellbeing in mind, and also offers important yet subtle reminders about sustainability and learning to care for the natural environment.
Speaking about the garden, Howard Miller of H. Miller Bros revealed that the charity and its hospital had a personal tie for him and his brother.
"We were really keen to work with Alder Hey to make a garden that celebrates the amazing work they do supporting children and their families," he says. "We’re a family business, local to the hospital, and many of our family and friends have benefited from Alder Hey’s care; they’re a big part of our community. It’s a real privilege too that we can move the garden back to Alder Hey, where it will become a living resource for children and medical practitioners to use for social prescribing and other informal therapies."
The Alder Hey Urban Foraging Station Garden is one of a dozen Show Gardens that will be available to view at RHS Chelsea Flower Show between 24th-28th May. It was funded by Project Giving Back, which promotes good causes while also supporting the horticultural industry.