Dorothy House Hospice Care has designed a Pop-up Garden for the Horticultural Village at the Royal Bath & West Show and we’re delighted to be getting involved. The team is growing a variety of vegetables, herbs and companion plants to help demonstrate the four types of therapy services that the Bath-based charity offers, all in support of people with life limiting illnesses. This inspiring competition entry is a fantastic way to showcase the many physical and mental benefits to be enjoyed from gardening and engaging with nature, while also highlighting the valuable resources on offer from Dorothy House.

We’re currently tending to Beetrot, Lolla Rosso lettuce, Sweet Corn and Red Cabbage, which are among the vegetables being grown in peat free compost to symbolise the occupational therapy offered by Dorothy House, while Lavender, Rosemary, Creeping Thyme, Sage and Sorrel will represent the complementary therapies work at the charity. The plants are being fed with organic seaweed fertiliser and have been chosen for their great foliage colours, flavour and yield, while companion plants, such as Marigolds and Calendula, will be dotted around the garden to naturally ward off pests.

It has been a real pleasure to grow these vegetables and herbs for such a special cause and we wish the team all the best in the competition.