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Press Release: Hartley Botanic to Donate Stunning Chelsea Flower Show Opus Glasshouse to the Horatio’s Garden in Glasgow

As soon as The Chelsea Flower Show closes its doors to the public on Saturday 28 May, the work of disassembling the beautiful gardens, trade stands and horticultural displays begins.  The Main Avenue Hartley Botanic Show Garden takes more than three weeks to construct and lovingly plant but only a few days to disassemble.

Hartley Botanic MD Johnny Mobasher said, “Since the beginning Horatio’s Garden has always been a charity close to my heart and in line with my hopes for continuity of some elements of our Chelsea Garden I’m truly delighted to announce that Opus our state of the art Hartley Botanic Glasshouse will find a new home at the second Horatio’s Garden”.   Designed by James Alexander-Sinclair, this garden will open in 2016 at the Queen Elizabeth National Spinal Injuries Unit in Glasgow which cares for patients from across Scotland.

Chelsea Flower Show Opus Glasshouse Design
Chelsea Flower Show Opus Glasshouse Design

Opus is a modern glasshouse in a matt bronze finish which highlights beautifully Hartley Botanic’s British engineered structures in a contemporary way.  The design fits seamlessly into James Alexander Sinclair’s thoughtful design for the hospital setting. Upon hearing that Hartley Botanic were donating the glasshouse valued at £30,000 designer James said, “We are super thrilled that Hartley Botanic have agreed to donate their Chelsea greenhouse to Horatio’s Garden Scotland. It will not only add to the general loveliness of the garden but will also be a great asset to the rehabilitation and health of the patients”

Horatio’s Garden is a charity that creates and lovingly cares for, beautiful gardens in NHS spinal injury centres. Leading garden designers develop the stunning sanctuaries for patients and their family and friends, creating an environment which becomes an integral part of their lives and care whilst spending many months in hospital.




Notes to Editors:

MD of Hartley Botanic, Johnny Mobasher is available for interview

For additional press information please contact [email protected] Tel: 020 3076 1331 07958 704266


Horatio’s Garden

The charity is named after Horatio Chapple – a schoolboy who wanted to be a doctor and volunteered at the spinal centre in Salisbury. It was Horatio’s idea to create a garden and his research has shaped the garden designs and the charity’s aims. Horatio’s life was cut short at 17 when his camp was attacked by a polar bear while on expedition in Svalbard in 2011 but his legacy continues to help patients and their families with the long process of learning to live with a spinal cord injury.

The first Horatio’s Garden opened in 2012 at the Duke of Cornwall Spinal Treatment at Salisbury Hospital. Designed by Cleve West.  Joe Swift is designing the third Horatio’s Garden at The National Spinal Injuries Centre at Stoke Mandeville Hospital and fundraising has just started. The spinal centre cares for 150 newly injured patients each year including teenagers and children.

The charity is currently working with The London Spinal Cord Injury Centre at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital Stanmore, The Princess Royal Spinal Injuries Centre at Sheffield and The Golden Jubilee Spinal Injuries Centre at Middlesbrough and aims to bring Horatio’s Gardens to all the UK’s 11 regional specialist spinal centres.

Horatio’s mother Dr Olivia Chapple and James Alexander-Sinclair, will be available for interview on Wednesday March 2nd at the Queen Elizabeth National Spinal Injuries Unit, Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, Govan Road, Glasgow, G51 4TF

For further information, make a donation or to find out more about volunteering visit the website www.horatiosgarden.org.uk