This is the third Gold medal won by our Charity of the Year partner, the UK’s leading garden centre at this prestigious show.
The garden is a celebration of memories and creates the perfect environment to reflect on the important moments in time that make us who we are.
Sir Michael Parkinson and Alzheimer’s Society ambassadors, Fiona Phillips and Arlene Phillips opened the garden in support of Alzheimer’s Society and reflected on the important role gardens and outdoor spaces can play in creating memories.
Alzheimer’s Society volunteers will be on the garden throughout the week talking to visitors about Dementia Friends. Dementia Friends is a national initiative run by the Society that aims to improve people’s understanding of dementia and its effects. Homebase has introduced Dementia Friends in stores across the UK and Ireland to help create a dementia-friendly community and help people living with dementia to feel more confident about shopping in their stores.
This year’s Chelsea Flower Show Garden was extra special, as it was built with the assistance of the students from the first ever Homebase Garden Academy. The award winning garden is the culmination of all the time the Academy has spent with Adam learning about planting and landscaping, as well as working towards the RHS Level 1 Award.
Celebrating his success, Adam said:
‘This is my sixth Gold medal at Chelsea and I’m incredibly proud of this achievement. The garden is based on personal memories but is really a celebration of all memories – reminding us how important it is to stop and reflect, as well as making time to create new ones.
‘This year has really stood out and nothing is more satisfying then helping young enthusiastic gardeners get their career in horticulture started – and this is only the beginning.’