Sparsholt College have continued their RHS Chelsea Flower Show medal-winning run with the news of another Silver-Gilt medal awarded to the team! 

The fantastic news comes after an action-packed Press Day where celebrities got an exclusive view of the gardens. Famous faces visiting the Sparsholt College stand included Influencer Joe Sugg, Actress Laura Carmichael known best for her role as Lady Edith in Downton Abbey and Alex Jones BBC Presenter on The One Show.  

Sparsholt College’s 2021/22 garden ‘Home from Home’ celebrates cancer support charity Maggie’s Southampton 

Created in support of Maggie’s Southampton, the garden designed by Garden Design students at Sparsholt College, takes inspiration from Maggie’s recognition that the space around us (whether inside or out) creates an environment which helps people to find the emotional space they need. 

‘Home from Home’ reflects the warm and welcoming features of Maggie’s Southampton taking inspiration from, not only the physical aspects of the centre but also the work the centre does since first opening in 2021. 

The students were supported on their stand, by Gilly Howard-Jones, Centre Head at Maggie’s Southampton who discussed the work of the Maggie’s Southampton Centre and how the Garden represents their values of an open-door policy and greater mission to provide Cancer Care to the community.  

This exciting accolade is Sparsholt College’s fifth Silver-Gilt medal, adding to the collection of nine Gold Medals, six Silver medals and three Bronze medals, alongside five ‘Best in Category’ awards. As part of the Level 3 Horticulture course at the College, students work with our experts on garden displays entered into theRHS Chelsea Flower Show. 

Chris Bird, Horticulture Lecturer at Sparsholt College, commented on his medal-winning run with the College: “The students of sparsholt college have done an amazing job once more, we have a Silver-Gilt at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2022. The group have done incredibly well and despite the trials and tribulations, they have worked together to make Maggie’s in Southampton proud. It has been a pleasure to raise awareness of this charity to the general public.” 

Visitors have been able to experience features of Maggie’s Southampton, the garden honouring the open-door policy of the centre and a representation of their logo as a storage shed. A TV showing relaxation and Information videos on a loop with subtitles and graphic panels with which inform the visitor of the work of Maggie’s in Southampton. 

Explore the ‘Home from Home’ garden here. 

About Maggie’s Cancer Trust  

  • Maggie’s is a registered charity that provides free emotional, practical and social support for people with cancer and their families and friends. Maggie’s relies on voluntary donations from the local community so that their cancer support specialist, Psychologist and other specialist staff can provide this support all year round for free. Currently 24 centres are open with six in the planning stage. Each centre is a warm and welcoming place, with professional staff on hand to offer the support people need to find their way through cancer. 
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