The countdown has really begun to show week now and things are starting to move along quickly for the build of Mind Trap!
We’re thrilled to tell you that we’ve enhanced the design by increasing the size of the footprint, which has been allowed for by the site allocated by the RHS. This should make Mind Trap’s impact even bigger, which we’re really excited about.
This week I’ve been making the final design decisions for various parts of the design including the metal work element, which is starting to be created now by our metalwork supplier Daniel at Patio, here in Northern Ireland. Working with CED, I’ve also selected a large boulder which is being cut in preparation for the final finish.
Publicity buzz is starting to build around the garden now and I’m set to be on BBC Radio Ulster’s Gardeners Question Time on 7th April with David Maxwell, where I’ll be talking about the garden and answering questions from the show’s audience.
I’ve also been talking to Peter Donegan from The Sod Show, who has created some podcasts about my journey, the concept of Mind Trap and the wider message that we’re aiming to promote. The shows will go out in April, Thursday 6th and 13th at 5.58pm.
We’re also working hard on the nuts and bolts that keep the show together; sorting out delivery schedules for materials, finalising passes for everyone working at the show, finalising details for Press Day and putting together the garden’s brochure which will be handed out to visitors during the show. We’ve also been looking at the legacy options for the show, to ensure that the garden and its message continues beyond the end of RHS Chelsea.
Students from Writtle University College have been offered the chance to help with planting during the build and to man the stand during show week. I’m currently going through applications and will be letting the successful applicants know soon. It will be fantastic to have the next generation of designers getting involved with Mind Trap, and I hope it will inspire them for the future.
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.