Saturday, 9 July 2016

A Breath of Fresh Air - plant list

The Abbeyfield : A Breath of Fresh Air 

Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2016

A garden designed for people living with dementia. Thank you for visiting the show - it has been a great success for my sponsor and residents have visited and enjoyed the garden every day. We all feel honored to have been involved with such a worthy cause. The garden will live on with the relocation to a care home in Kew next week.

Plant list:

Trees –
Salix alba pollard (white willow)

Grasses -
Calamagrostis overdam 
Carex testacea
Miscanthus grascillimus 
Miscanthus morning light 
Stipa tenuissima

Shrubs and Perennials -
Achillea terracotta 
Astilbe peach blossom
Delphinium black Knight
Geum totally tangerine 
Lavandula angustifolia 
Lavandula Hidcote 
Lavandula twickle purple
Mentha piperita 
Pittosporum golf ball
Salvia caradonna
Thymus silver queen 
Verbascum alba
Verbascum Helen Johnson 

Hedge –
Taxus bacatta 

If you like the Mobius sculpture and are interested in buying it or one similar please contact the sculptor James Milner :              


Wednesday, 20 April 2016

A breath of fresh air

A Breath of Fresh Air

There are few things more reviving than a breath of fresh air. Being outside in a green space can provide a sense of calm and well being, promote better health and even improve sleep patterns. When people are living with health problems, fresh air can be even more beneficial, especially if they have had to become fairly inactive or spend a lot of time inside.

The Abbeyfield Society : A Breath of Fresh Air
Designed by Rae Wilkinson
Computer visual created by Coucou Design

I am a firm believer in the healing power of nature and of beautiful places which provide space, a sense of escape, and some contact with nature.
When I design gardens I am always thinking of the emotional effect of the space on the people who enter it. How it will trigger the senses ...calm the mind .. Consciously or not people are usually affected by their surroundings and I see it as my job to stimulate some good feeling even just for a moment. The effect  may be of decompression, a momentary lift, simply space or distraction. A garden is a living, breathing evolving space and  this makes it a magical medium to work with.

The Abbeyfield Society : A Breath of Fresh Air
Designed by Rae Wilkinson
Computer visual created by Coucou Design

I have created a garden for this years RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show for The Abbeyfield Society to launch their Breath of Fresh Air scheme. Abbeyfield are an international organisation running care homes for the elderly, many of whom live with dementia. They are keen to encourage their residents and carers into the garden to enjoy the multiple benefits of being outside. Even in the late stages of dementia a person still experiences emotional response, so a garden can be a valuable resource.

RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2016: July 5th - 10th

Sunday, 3 April 2016


Rae Wilkinson Design, Living Landscapes and Chaircreative created a soothing HUG at RHS Flower Show 2015

RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2015 - Silver Gilt 

Living Landscapes Healing Urban Garden showed how a green space in an urban setting can be wonderfully soothing and restorative.
Pooling our design and build talents, the HUG team successfully created a soothing, sculptural, urban garden space. The crowds loved the colour and feel of the space and the focal bench brought the intended wow factor.
Planting was low maintenance, evergreen and predominantly herbs, providing a scented and naturalistic vibe to the space with hues of silver and blue.
The HUG bench was lovingly created using sectional high grade oak which was carved and bleached, and set on custom cast white concrete feet. Its a piece of sculpture, a wonderful seat and a statement piece for any garden space.*
Urbis supplied a Lily water bowl and three of their new style Olive Pots for display in the garden, which added to the urban feel.
The cool and low maintenance Kota blue limestone plank paving was supplied to us bespoke from London Stone Paving.
A light Meadowgrass Marble gravel from CED connected the paving to the planting beautifully.

Team HUG: Rae Wilkinson, Alun Heslop and Tecwyn Evans on the HUG Bench at the show

* The HUG bench is available to buy, please contact me if you would like more information :

Rae Wilkinson:

Living Landscapes:


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