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At the first RHS Chatsworth Flower Show from 7-11th June 2017 we were delighted to share the Cruse Bereavement Care garden. 

After the death of Rosy Sutcliffe’s father last year and the subsequent journey of grief her family went through, Neil, Rosy’s husband, decided to use his creative talents to explore these feelings by designing a show garden for the new event. The garden was called Cruse Bereavement Care: 'A Time for Everything' and Neil generously dedicated the garden to Cruse. At the show opening soprano Emily Haig braved the weather to sing in the garden. Luckily the weather improved after the first day, and thousands of visitors were able to see Neil's garden and reflect for a moment on what it means to loose a loved one. Cruse staff and volunteers were there every day to talk to visitors and share information on Cruse and the services we offer.

Neil’s wife and her dad had both received support from Cruse when her mum died a few years before and the garden illustrated the contrasting painful experience of a tragic diagnosis with the opportunity to create precious moments with a loved one, and a final acceptance of peace.  This was reflected in the style of planting and materials that were used throughout the garden.

The garden was constructed by Neil’s company Creative Roots (www.creativeroots.com) which is a family run award winning design led garden landscaping company.

Neil said “Tony’s death and the few years prior had a huge impact on my wife and our family, however the time to talk and be with one another was special in many ways. The garden is really just a way of us telling this story and our hope is that this is a journey others who have been through this sort of time can relate to. Talking to Rosy, I know how important the work that Cruse do to support people after a death is, helping them get back on track and face everyday life again.  So I decided to dedicate the garden to Cruse.”

To see more pictures of the finished garden and read about Neil's creative ideas go to www.creativeroots.com/shows-awards/2017-rhs-creative-roots

Design - RHS Chatsworth Flower Show - Cruse Bereavement Care 'A Time for Everything' Garden