Designers: Harris Bugg Studio
Sponsor: Project Giving Back
Contractor: Ryan Alexander Associates
Architect: Mcmullan Studio
Trees: Deepdale Trees
Hedging: Big Hedge Company
Protoyping/testing special details: Skye Stone Studio + Chimo Sheffield
Structural Engineer: Heyne Tillett Steel
Environmental Engineer (building): Atelier Ten
Fabrication (building): Weber Industries
Water Engineering: Studio Ewing
Fabrication (water): Dynamic 3 Ltd
Stonework: Noble Stonework
Lighting: Landscape Plus
Paving Partners: CemFree (DBG Holdings), Poundfield Precast, Stoneworld
Horatio’s Garden Chelsea is a place of true respite for those affected by traumatic spinal injuries. Designed by Charlotte Harris and Hugo Bugg, this adaptive garden puts the priorities of all those with different mobility needs at its heart and embraces the mission of Horatio’s Garden charity to nurture wellbeing after spinal injury.
Beginning its life at Chelsea Flower Show, before being relocated to its legacy home at the Northern General Hospital in Sheffield, the garden is the antithesis of a busy, clinical hospital setting where patients often spend many months on a ward with no privacy or access to outside space.
Every element of the garden has been informed by the experiences of patients with spinal injuries. Planting is layered to accommodate different ways of seeing, a garden room provides welcome relief from the busy ward. Smooth, cement-free terrazzo paths are patient-friendly, environmentally-friendly and aesthetically beautiful.
The design is influenced by the stories, history and craftsmanship of the Sheffield region, connecting the garden to its legacy home where it will serve thousands of patients, families and NHS staff each year at the second largest spinal injury centre in the UK.
This new garden in Sheffield, also designed by us, will be the eighth Horatio’s Garden and support thousands of patients, relatives and NHS staff for years to come.
The garden won a Gold Medal and the coveted Best in Show Award at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2023.
The Chair of Show Garden Judges, Marie-Louise Agius, said: “The standard of the Show Gardens this year was extremely high. What particularly stood out about The Horatio’s Garden was how the design had been driven by the end user, to be experienced by spinal injury patients from a bed or wheelchair.
‘The garden is uplifting, beautiful and considered, and for someone who has had a life altering spinal injury, it will provide them with a wonderful sanctuary. The brief and the garden was delivered at an exceptional level.”