In August Peter Lloyd designed a garden entitled ‘Every Breath is Precious’ at the Southport Flower Show to raise awareness of Pulmonary Fibrosis and the Pulmonary Fibrosis Trust. His garden won gold at the flower show and we would like to say a big thank you to him for helping us to raise awareness of Pulmonary Fibrosis.
An explanation of the garden designed by Peter:
‘Upon entry, two beds are designed in the shape of lungs, one depicting scarring at ground level, reflected in crimson coloured naturalistic grasses and perennials, suggesting a mix of emotions; sorrow and hope. The opposite, productive lung at raised bed level has a range of herbs. The raised bed has been designed to an accessible-friendly recommended height. This enables anyone with or without accessibility issues to sit comfortably to undertake gardening tasks such as plant care, weeding, harvesting for culinary purposes and to rest and take stock.
Further into the garden, the naturalistic theme continues which contains perennials such as grasses, echinacea, perovskia, eryngium and more to offer some privacy, so that those affected by this condition can enjoy the space in private with loved ones. The water feature aids in relaxation and reflection. Although this area is more secluded, those with Pulmonary Fibrosis are still able to gain fulfilment from knowing that their gardening work in the lung beds are on show for all to see.
The overall colour scheme utilises adjoining hues, such as violets, purples and pinks which is designed for harmony so that it is easy on the eye to create a sense of order when everything else in the world might be confusing or worrying for those affected by this illness. A range of sensory plants have been introduced to create interest and encourage interaction.
Seating and rest points will be situated at various points around the garden to assist in the appreciation of the garden for those with Pulmonary Fibrosis.
Hard landscaping and surface materials have been chosen for ease of movement for those with illness. Footpath widths have been designed in-line with recommended standards and includes a wheelchair turning circle.’