Sentebale exhibits at Chelsea Flower Show
Sentebale and B&Q helped to celebrate the Chelsea Flower Show’s Centenary year with our Forget-Me-Not Garden. The idea behind the garden was to educate people about Lesotho’s ‘Forgotten Kingdom’ and, more importantly, about Sentebale’s role in supporting Lesotho’s vulnerable children, many of whom are victims of extreme poverty and Lesotho’s HIV/AIDS epidemic. The garden aims to express the beauty and rich culture, as well as the inaccessibility and fragility of the country and its people, in particular the children of Lesotho.
From the 20th to 25th May, Sentebale exhibited for the first time at the Chelsea Flower Show. A total of 12,500 plants were grown and over 28,150 hours were spent designing, growing and building the Forget-Me-Not garden before the show opened on the 20th May. During the day Prince Harry was delighted to welcome onto the Sentebale garden, Her Majesty The Queen, Prince Phillip, Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall. Princess Beatrice also visited the garden and said: “I think it’s really beautiful, and I love the story behind it.”
The garden was visited by well-known faces such as Emilia Fox, Kirstie Allsopp, Ben Fogle, Ringo Starr, Joanna Lumley and Zara Phillips before the show opened to the public where an estimated 157,000 visitors walked through the gates.
Designed by Jinny Blom, the Forget-Me-Not Garden reflected the landscape of Lesotho as well as the story of the orphans and vulnerable children of Lesotho. The stone circle in the garden featured a ‘Hearts and Crowns’, a pattern designed by Queen Mamohato, Prince Seeiso’s mother, which is often found on the blankets which Basotho people wear. The contoured mountain topped with a modern pavilion was designed as a nod to the Lesotho round houses and below this was a square pool set with rock within which sat a traditional mud walled ‘island’ inscribed withthe Litema designs seen on many homes in Lesotho. For more information about Litema Design visit: http://www.designindaba.com/news/litema
As one of the ‘must-see’ gardens at this year’s Show, we were delighted to receive a Silver Gilt Medal and would like to thank B&Q, Jinny Blom, Swatton Landscapes and Hortus Loci for all their help in designing and building the garden.
Our partnership with B&Q is on-going; visit a B&Q store now to purchase the Limited Edition Chelsea Collection. 20% of all sales will go to Sentebale. To find out more about the partnership, click here.