5 weeks to start build, 7 weeks to the show opens
The countdown continues with only 5 weeks until we start building our show garden. Progress is continuing with choosing specific plants with suppliers and picking the final colour for the metalwork elements.
BBC filming has been confirmed for 28th and 29th April in locations around Northern Ireland that are precious to me as well as visiting Patio to see the metal elements under construction.
I’m recording an interview for BBC Radio Ulster Gardeners Question Time with David Maxwell on 7th April, which will be played on Saturday 15th April.
My Sod Show part 1 interview went live last week and I got a great reaction from the listeners – part 2 comes tomorrow Friday 14th April.
We’ve been planning our press day promotions and have a wonderful Mindfulness Yoga expert booked to model poses in the garden and demonstrate its messages and the links with Yoga for the benefit of mental health.
Jonathan Ward at Ginger Horticulture will be paying me a visit soon to do some filming of the garden, documenting my work and how we are working with idverde to get ready for the show.
We’re excited that the garden is also going to help some charities which are important to us, through the sale of plants after the closing bell tolls at the end of the show. One of these charities is Perennial.
Perennial is the UK’s only charity dedicated to helping all people who work in horticulture when times get tough. Perennial’s support is free and confidential and is available to anyone who is working in, or has worked in, the horticulture industry in the UK. This help extends to spouses, partners and dependent children.
In a livelihood that is often dependent upon good health and physical strength we know the devastating effect illness or injury can have upon individuals and families, particularly when low income, job insecurity or retirement may present additional problems.
Perennial’s UK-wide team of Caseworkers and Debt Advisers respond quickly and effectively, providing advice and financial assistance whenever it is needed for as long as it takes to get people back on their feet and to help rebuild their lives.
Perennial’s help is often described by clients simply as a ‘lifeline’. To hear about how Perennial helps turn lives around visit www.perennial.org.uk/films to watch Perennial clients tell their stories in their own words.
Don’t forget to use #mindtrap if you want to ask us anything about the garden on social media.
Until next time!
Ian Price Design – Creator of Mind Trap
About Mind Trap
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.