Sparsholt College is proudly supporting cancer support charity Maggie’s in Southampton to design a garden display for BBC Gardeners’ World Spring Fair to be held at Beaulieu from 29-1 May

Designed by Garden Design students at Sparsholt College, the Beautiful Border display for the Beaulieu show is inspired by the architecture of Maggie’s Southampton. Radiating fins centre on an oasis of calm, expertise, and support in the turbulence of a personal cancer diagnosis and treatment, also reaching those close to them.

Our planting draws from Hampshire’s horticultural riches and beautiful gardens, and their differing environments.

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The garden has been titled ‘Maggie’s Way’ – symbolising the journey of those with cancer, and their family and friends, and the support that they receive from Maggie’s through the stages of diagnosis, treatment and support.



The design and its planting draws from Hampshire’s horticultural riches and beautiful gardens, our downlands, forests and coasts. A sprinkling of other plants also reflect Hampshire’s rich diversity, wildlife and horticulture.


Extended sleepers form seating areas from two corners. This enables visitors to pause, and sit down and allows opportunities for discussion with physically vulnerable people


We selected our plants to thrive in the four different environments within the border, light varying with the four points of the compass.



Maggie’s in Southampton is a registered charity that provides free emotional and practical support for people with cancer and their families and friends. Maggie’s relies on voluntary donations from the local community so that our cancer support specialists, Psychologist and other specialist staff can provide this support all year round for free. The newest centre at University Hospital Southampton completed at the end of 2020 is already open and serving the communities of the south of England and the Channel Islands.

The centre is a warm and welcoming place, with professional staff on hand to offer the support people need to find their way through cancer. Maggie’s is a place to find practical advice about benefits and eating well; a place where qualified experts provide emotional support; a place to meet other people or simply to sit quietly with a cup of tea.