THE Herald was invited to tour the beautiful gardens at St Barnabas House hospice as they came fully into bloom.
They will eventually be maintained by a team of volunteers, to provide patients with a tranquil space to enjoy.
“We are delighted with the way in which the gardens have really come into bloom this year.
“They are just as we hoped they would be with plenty of colour, texture, scent and sound for our patients and their families to enjoy. The majority of the planting was done when the hospice was first built but, as the gardens develop, we will be building up a team of volunteers to help us look after them and keep them looking as beautiful as they do now.
“We would like to thank everyone who supported the grounds and gardens stage of our Building a Dream appeal to build the new hospice. Their support really has provided a wonderful, tranquil environment for our patients, many of whom tell us how much they enjoy being in such uplifting surroundings.”
There are several gardens at the hospice, in Titnore Lane, Durrington.
The courtyard garden is known as the “green heart of St Barnabas”, and is open to everyone.
The intention was to create the impression of an atrium and it is used by patients, visitors, staff and volunteers as somewhere to relax and reflect.
Seating, planting and water features are common themes, as is lighting among the plants.
The in-patient gardens were one of the most important aspects of the design of the building.
They are private from rest of grounds, separated by a bank with a hedge and fence on top to provide screening and security, which helps to reduce traffic noise.
They are said to “provides oasis of calm for our patients and their families”.
A pond depicts the roundhouses which were part of a settlement on this site dating back to between 800 and 400 BC, while the lavender maze reflects the “circle of life”.
The meadow garden, just behind the maze, is planted with a wild grasses and flower seed mix.