Angellica Bell, BBC One’s presenter, spoke with the designer of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show about the theme he chose and the member of trust that sponsored it. Due to pandemics, the prestigious event was moved to September 21-26.
During the show, Angellica spoke to Dame Christine Beasley, a former chief nursing officer from The Burdett Trust for Nursing who has sponsored the project.
Dame Beasley referred to Florence Nightingale, the pioneer of modern nursing practice and social reform as a “remarkable lady”.
The project will reflect her pioneering efforts, but it will also recognize how she has inspired change.
Christine said that they didn’t want to just look back but also wanted to see the future.
According to the former chief nurse officer, Florence was a “miracle flower collector” which is why a number of her pressed flowers are on display at the museum.
Christine said that Florence was aware of the positive effects nature has on mental health.
Christine said that she strongly connected it to the power and beauty of nature. She was not only interested in flowers for their medicinal properties, but also because she observed that those who had been exposed to nature saw a positive change in their mental well-being.
Robert Meyers, who was responsible for the design of the garden, had started the work in 2019. However the pandemic caused the event to be postponed in 2020.
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Robert stated that while Florence’s contribution to the Crimean War has been often highlighted, he also explained that Florence’s work following that war was equally important.
He said, “In a sense her legacy is more about what happened afterward.”
The Florence Nightingale Garden is a celebration of modern-day nursing. Its name is The Florence Nightingale Garden.
Robert said that she had the idea of designing pavilion-shaped hospitals.
Robert explained that the idea behind the pavilion style was that patients were provided with plenty of light, space and fresh air to aid their recovery.
According to the garden designer, this project will be “a modern interpretation of a Florence Nightingale Pavilion”.
Fox Gloves will be featured in the garden, which were a favorite of Florence.
The flower is only in season in spring. Robert stated that he hopes the flower can still be used in the garden as a seadhead.
Robert said that he believes it is important that the plant be present in the garden.
The garden will feature plants from Florence’s flower and herbal collection, which she kept in her nursing bag.
The garden will then be planted and established on the grounds of St Thomas Hospital.
Dame Beasley said that St Thomas’ was “a fitting place”, as Florence established her first nursing school there.
Publiated at Sun, 12 September 2021 20:32.10 +0000