Must See: Art in the Park, Leamington Spa

As one of the sponsors of Sarah Horne’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show garden, Jo Stroud was invited to the unveiling of the garden in its new home in Jephson Gardens.

The Garden at The Chelsea Flower Show

The Garden at The Chelsea Flower Show

85 local businesses pulled together in Leamington Spa last year to help fund the fantastic garden created by Sarah Horne which was taken to the Chelsea Flower Show last year. The Garden is now open to the public in Jephson Gardens, launching this weekend in conjunction with the Art in the Park event!

Sarah Horne and Stephanie Kerr from BID open the garden

Sarah Horne and Stephanie Kerr from BID open the garden

Fabulous will be at Art in the Park this weekend, holding ‘reloved’ workshops where you can up-cycle jewellery which has been donated in aid of Breast Cancer Now. Finished pieces can be bought for a donation to the charity, and any donated jewellery will get you a 15% discount voucher for fabulous.
Stephanie Kerr, executive director of BID Leamington, said: “Winning a medal at Chelsea Flower Show was the ultimate prize but our ambition didn’t end there as it was always our intention to bring the garden back to Leamington for the whole town to enjoy.
“None of this could have been achieved without the tremendous support of so many local people and businesses. Returning the garden to its home town and creating a lasting legacy in Jephson Gardens has been a huge community effort with volunteers helping out.

The garden open to the public in  Jephson Gardens

The garden open to the public in Jephson Gardens

“The homecoming celebration on July 30 will give us the chance to thank everyone who has contributed so much, and to Warwick District Council for having the garden in Jephson Gardens and for preparing the site for its installation, before it is opened to the public.”
Stephanie added: “The planting scheme reflects the original design celebrating the town’s landscapes. It moves from a highly indulgent area with lots of roses through to a natural space reminiscent of the River Leam and on to more textured, exotic looking plants to reflect the diversity of the Temperate House in Jephson Gardens.
We hope to see you this weekend at Art in the Park and congratulations to Sarah Horne and the whole town for making this fabulous garden possible, real community spirit!

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