The Cancer Research UK Garden
Designed by Robert Myers
“Cancer Research UK set the brief this year to develop the theme of ‘Enlighten’," explains Robert. "I wanted to focus particularly on the physical aspects of light and shade within the garden as well as playing with other elements in a more subtle way.”
The sculptural elements of the design are key to the way light appears in the garden; as the sun transits during the day, this is ever changing. A slatted timber cloister creates vistas of ever changing shadows. Light is a key feature in the garden, representing the knowledge which gives people hope when experiencing cancer.
“There is a contrast in the shade and shadows in the cloister area when seen from the outside to the natural quality in the birch woodland where light is filtered through the leaves”.
Robert’s design incorporates several symbolic elements. The main pathway itself makes a transition from disorder, beginning as uneven, dark and rough stone, becoming more regular, smooth and lighter as the centre space opens out to embrace a relaxing area where people can meet, talk and share knowledge.
The planting makes a transition from a monochrome scheme of white spring woodland plants under the birch canopy, to a colourful haze of pink, blue and magenta towards the centre. A central area of paving is surrounded by pools of water with lilies representing lotus flowers, a Japanese symbol of enlightenment. Finally, a series of ordered clipped box cubes dominate the pavilion towards the rear of the garden.
What will happen to the garden after the show?
The garden will be rebuilt and enjoyed at a Cancer Research UK establishment.
This garden has been awarded a Gold medal by the RHS.
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