Silver Medal at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show
We are delighted to have won the Silver Medal for The Children with Cancer UK Mr Happy, Mr Worry Hill garden for Reed Studio at this year's Royal Horticultural Society Hampton Court Flower Show — the UK’s largest Flower Show taking place between 2-8th July 2018.
The garden is a collaboration between Blakedown, Mr Men, Reed Studio and Children with Cancer UK, and celebrates 30 years of the charity’s work, recognizing the resilience and emotional experiences of families living with cancer.
Set within Misterland, a fantasy land within the Mr Men books, the garden is intended to be fun and enticing to children whilst conveying the emotions experienced by families living with cancer.
Every day, 12 families in the UK get the devastating news that their child has cancer. Over 4,000 children and young people are diagnosed with cancer every year in the UK. The aim of the garden is to raise awareness of the crucial role scientific research plays in developing kinder, less-toxic treatments for children to save and improve young lives.
The garden’s striking design represents the journey many families and children go through emotionally from diagnosis to treatment. This includes the resilience of families and children affected by cancer as well as the fears, worry and pain they experience. Integral to the design team was clinical psychologist Dr Katie Hamilton, who has worked with children and their families living with cancer.
Landscape Architect Emma Reed of Yorkshire landscape architecture firm, Reed Studio, led the garden's design team. A divided hill and house, two iconic forms that are prominent within the Mr Men illustrations, are the garden's main features.
Director Chris Wellbelove said: "It’s wonderful to see this project awarded the silver medal after what has a been a great success working with Children with Cancer UK, Mr Men and Reed Studio. We worked closely with Emma to realise her design, so it is great to see our collective efforts come to fruition and be honoured by the RHS.”