Adult Unit Walled Garden

Adult Unit Walled Garden

From vibrantly coloured flowers to the gentle chirp of a bird or the feeling of grass between your toes, gardens can provoke and create lots of different memories.

Each bedroom and every bed at Eden Valley Hospice overlooks the walled garden. An ever changing view can provide comfort, entertainment and memories for patients and their families as they gaze or move chairs and event beds into the garden during the summer months.

A significant gift left in a local lady’s Will helped the hospice to transform the gardens for all patients, families, volunteers and staff to enjoy throughout the year. Iris Rutter was born on the 10 June 1921 and died in December 2012. Her gift to the hospice will help to create memories for patients and families for many years to come.

Iris’ close friends, David Murray, who helped to make the renovation possible explained,

“I approached the hospice when I found out they were going to develop the gardens. Iris would have been pleased her legacy has been used to transform the gardens as she was a keen gardener.

“Iris would have been please with the gardens, they are very impressive.”

On Wednesday 10 June 2015, on what would have been Iris’ 94th birthday, the hospice brought together Iris’ friends, hospice staff and volunteers for the official opening. The re-developed garden includes raised flower beds, lighting and water features, as well as wider accessible paths to allow beds to be moved outside in the warmer weather.

To celebrate the occasion, the Hospice Chaplain at the time, Pauline Steenbergen, invited people to create a rainbow of ribbon and loving messages on the pergola structure. Pauline said:

“In Celtic Christianity, pilgrims tied coloured cloths/ribbons to trees beside a well, they called them Clootie Trees. An ancient way of seeking healing, hope or to let go of fear, anger, grief and regrets, or simply to say thank you.

“We don’t have a tree or a well, but we have wooden posts and a font and water features. We encouraged people to take a piece of ribbon and write a message on coloured card and as they did we encouraged them to think about what this garden represents, what this hospice means to them and their deepest wishes for Eden Valley Hospice in the future.”