Landscaping were delighted to join the team at the show and assist with planting
this stunning garden.
was seeking an innovative way to raise awareness of its care homes and expertise
in caring for people with dementia, as well as challenging some of the preconceptions
about the aged care sector.
The company's show garden was an extension
of the sensory gardens programme running across Bupa’s 300 care homes in the UK
and involving residents, their families and the local community.
to participate at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2008, Bupa set itself a number of important
goals, including winning an RHS medal, gaining media coverage to highlight the
importance of dementia care, then giving the garden a 'life after Chelsea'.
Bupa attained these goals in key areas:
•The garden was awarded an RHS
gold medal and was voted RHS/BBC People’s Choice by visitors and viewers.
achieved extensive media coverage, including on BBC TV, highlighting the garden’s
•Caring for people with dementia is now being discussed
much more openly and Bupa is being acknowledged as a leader in this area.
•The garden has now been installed in Bupa’s Meadbank Nursing Centre in Battersea,
London, to be enjoyed by residents and their visitors.
•Five gardeners from
Bupa care homes joined Cleve West and his team to help plant out the garden.
40 care home people – including cooks, nurses and care workers - worked during
show week on the garden to hand out leaflets and, in many cases, offer advice
and support to people whose families have been affected by dementia.
/ RHS Garden