Sparsholt College is proudly supporting cancer support charity Maggie’s Southampton with this year’s garden design for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2022 to be held at The Royal Hospital, Chelsea from 24-28 May.

Designed by Garden Design students at Sparsholt College, the display 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

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‘Home from Home’ proudly supporting Maggie’s in Southampton. Everyone’s home of cancer care.  


‘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 has done since first opening in 2021. 

The garden features 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 has subtitles and graphic panels which inform the visitor of the work of Maggie’s in Southampton.


The hard landscape represents the personal journey that each person takes and includes organic curves, on the 2.7-meter-high back board back lit stained-glass windows will be framed by a collection of climbing plants providing a comforting backdrop.   


The garden will feature places to sit and chat or read with steppingstones used for a paced and careful approach to reflect the journey faced by many, and the importance a comforting environment.


The planting engages all the senses and avoids sharp spines and thorns as any wounds could assist with infection. The planting will encourage calmness and contemplation with different viewpoints and areas of interest. 


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.  

Maggie’s in Southampton opened its doors in 2021, supporting over 6,000 people in their first year. 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. The centre reflects their local area, and is in the grounds of University Hospital Southampton, considering the cancer need within its geographical area.  


Dominic’s purity of form invokes natural harmonies that calm the senses and spark the imagination. The subtle curves belie the hard, stubborn stone beneath. To find out more about Dominic’s work or to purchase the sculpture featured within the garden visit Gallery Attaché .