As many of you will know, my Dad passed away back in May. He was a very keen gardener who’d even planned to open his garden for the National Garden Scheme. His garden was due to open only three days after he died, but he’d insisted we must go ahead and so we did - I’ve shared some images of his garden from that weekend below.
When considering charities to raise money for in his name, we were keen to support a cause which would bring Dad’s passion for gardening to the next generation (after all some of my son’s happiest memories of his Grandad were during the times he spent with him in the garden) so we chose the Royal Horticultural Society’s Campaign for School Gardening.
The campaign supports schools and groups – inspiring young people through the power of plants, offering free resources, projects and guidance to get them growing. The campaign’s work has shown that the direct benefits of gardening for young people are wide ranging:
• Improves physical and mental wellbeing
• Builds life skills such as confidence, resilience, teamwork and communication
• Enhances literacy, numeracy and oracy skills
• Enriches the entire curriculum from science, maths and geography – to art, design and languages
• Teaches about the environment and the importance of biodiversity and sustainability
• Helps young people engage with their surroundings better and develop a sense of responsibility.
I’ve produced the print shown here and all profits will go directly to the campaign in my Dad’s name. The prints are signed, measure approximately 135mm x 210mm and are digitally printed onto 220 g/m cartridge paper. This digital print represents urban gardens, enriching and improving the environment and bringing gardening to those who otherwise may not have the opportunity to enjoy it as a pastime.
Now for some photos of his beautiful garden…