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
Links:


www.rhs.org.uk/Hampton

www.raewilkinson.com

www.abbeyfield.com


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