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Counting Down to Chelsea Flower Show

Plantsman Chris Beardshaw is putting the final touches on Morgan Stanley's garden for London's Great Ormond Street Hospital.

When parents at London’s Great Ormond Street Hospital need a quiet place to process life-changing medical information about their children, nurses like Catie Stuart have little to offer. “At the moment all I can say is to go to the canteen. And that’s it really,” she explains.

Soon those options will include a rooftop garden, to be unveiled on Monday at this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

Plantsman Chris Beardshaw designed the garden, sponsored by Morgan Stanley. When the Show ends it will be replanted at its new permanent home at the hospital. 

Plants selected for the garden reflect the urban environment where it will reside: in the heart of the hospital surrounded by 10-storey buildings. A copse of trees, topiary, hedging and herbaceous plants will create a tapestry that thrives year-round in subdued sunlight, with multiple symbolic references throughout the garden to the relationships between children, parents and clinicians.

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