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Chelsea challenge


The National Botanic Garden of Wales has make its debut at the world’s greatest flower show in 2013.

This year’s 100th anniversary RHS Chelsea Flower Show (May 21-25) features an Artisan Garden entitled ‘Get Well Soon’ that focuses on plants for health.

[nggallery id=283]It is designed by Maggie Hughes and Kati Crome in conjunction with the National Botanic Garden and sponsorship partners include Penn Pharma, South West Wales Tourism Partnership and Growing the Future.

Maggie says: “The Get Well Soon garden illustrates the many ways in which a garden and its plants can improve our health through ancient, traditional, modern and alternative forms of medicine; endeavouring to capture the uplifting feeling that visiting a beautiful garden can bring as well as the health benefits of creating your own.”

[nggallery id=342]There’s a pebble path designed to be walked on barefoot – which will not always be a comfortable experience – but will stimulate reflexology pressure points.

The Director of the National Botanic Garden Dr Rosie Plummer said: “We couldn’t have chosen a better year to make our debut at Chelsea and we are delighted to be working with Maggie and Kati – both talented designers who have a fabulous track record for creating unforgettable award-winning Chelsea gardens.”

If you’d like to know more about the plants featured in Get Well soon – follow this link.

The Daily Telegraph’s  Bunny Guinness thinks Get Well Soon is one of Chelsea’s highlights – see what she thinks.

So do the judges – we’ve won a silver medal. Read more about it here.

And look where it’s going after Chelsea – Award winning Chelsea Flower Show garden set to be re-planted at pharma firm’s factory

* For the full story, see the spring edition of Yr Ardd – the official magazine of the National Botanic Garden of Wales