Leading commercial nursery Johnsons of Whixley has teamed up with Sheffield-based Spa Landscaping to create a healing garden at the Royal Derby Hospital.
The new garden, located outside the coronary care unit, will create a beautiful, peaceful place where people can remember their loved ones.
At the opening ceremony, which took place during Dying Matters Week, families, friends and staff planted bulbs in memory of loved ones. Planting ceremonies will be held three times a year to ensure the garden is always in bloom.
Johnsons supplied plants and trees worth almost £3,000 to Spa Landscaping, including hedging transplants Crataegus monogyna (Hawthorn), Acer Campestre (Field Maple ) and Sorbus aucuparia (Rowan). The supply also included shrubs Escallonia ‘Donard Radiance’, Viburnum tinus and Acer campestre and Pyrus Chanticleer trees.
Press officer, Mark Swift from Spa Landscaping says: ““Naturally, we’re delighted to have been chosen to create such a wonderful and peaceful area for the hospital. It’s been a joy to witness this project blossom into life and we truly hope the area offers comfort to those who need it most.”
Andrew Barker, amenity sales representative at Johnsons, adds, “As always, it’s great to see the end result of projects we are involved with, especially when it has such a lovely story behind it. We hope the garden brings comfort to those who have lost loved ones for many years to come.”