The Bupa Garden
Chelsea Flower Show 2008
Designed by Cleve West

Himalayan Landscaping were delighted to join the team at the show and assist with planting this stunning garden.

Bupa 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.

In deciding 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.
•It achieved extensive media coverage, including on BBC TV, highlighting the garden’s dementia-friendly aspects.
•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.

Almost 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.