idverde and breakthrough NI designer Ian Price set to present ‘Mind Trap’ garden at Chelsea

Following his breakthrough gold medal success at the RHS Flower Show Tatton Park in 2014, idverde is delighted to be supporting Northern Irish designer, Ian Price, as he takes his place for the first time at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Ian is making his debut with a heartfelt garden created to represent his personal experience of suffering from and living with depression.  The garden, ‘Mind Trap’, is his unique interpretation of what it’s like to suffer from a debilitating mental health problem.

‘Mind Trap’ endeavours to explain to others that have no personal experience of suffering what it may feel like, by way of a physical tangible living garden where every element is symbolic of the struggle with mental ill health. The garden’s mission is also to remind other sufferers that they are not alone, and to highlight the role that green spaces can take in the recovery and management of mental health.

The garden will be enclosed with viewing panels representing bars, and with contrast planting designed to look as though withering or dying with more vibrant and healthy plants. The main materials include metal walls, a central pool with an isolated seat in the middle, and paths which will be finished with loose gravel.  Planting will reinforce the metaphor of the difference between the darkness of depression and the light that symbolises hope and recovery as shade tolerant, darker planting drifts into brighter and sun loving plants.

Ian Price, designer and creator of ‘Mind Trap’, said:

“I’m dedicating a special garden at the Chelsea Flower Show 2017 to those suffering with mental health issues.  This is a garden that brings together the proven beneficial links of horticulture and green space, with improved mental and physical wellbeing. It may be my design telling my personal story, but the garden is for everyone.

“I hope this garden provides individuals and families effected by mental health with the hope that they will realise that they are not suffering on their own.

“The RHS Chelsea Flower Show is the pinnacle of the horticultural world and not only is it a great privilege to have been accepted to create a garden there, it is an amazing opportunity to share the positive mental health message and help to reduce the stigma of surrounding it.

“I also hope that it will serve as a beautiful, uplifting message to those who have gone through, or are currently experiencing, the demons I have had to endure with in recent years.”

Nick Temple-Heald, Chief Executive of idverde UK, said:

“We are delighted that Ian, with the support of idverde, will exhibit his and our first garden at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017.

“Mental health touches the lives of millions of people in the UK, with 1 in 4 people suffering from a mental health problem each year.

“We know how important access to high quality green space can be to individuals and to communities, so we are taking a central role in championing this message. Through our work in managing parks and open spaces, running volunteer and work programmes, supporting The Parks Alliance and establishing green spaces charity ‘Growing a Greener Britain’ we are determined to make a positive difference to the wellbeing of people through access to better green spaces.

“We believe that the garden will prove an innovative and effective way of raising awareness among the public of mental health issues, as well as highlighting the therapeutic effects that parks, open space and gardens can have in helping individuals with mental health problems build resilience and recover.

“We are delighted to support this project and its ambition of successfully addressing the stigma and discrimination around mental ill health, which continues to impact on so many lives.”

Mind Trap will exhibit in the Fresh Garden category (Stand FR82) at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 23-27 May 2017. All of the plants and trees used in the garden will be available to buy during the show week, with the proceeds donated to mental health charities and Perennial.

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