Children at Great Ormond Street Hospital Get Creative for RHS Chelsea Flower Show

Children at Great Ormond Street Hospital have been having fun creating colourful leaf designs which will be incorporated into the seating for The Morgan Stanley Garden for Great Ormond Street Hospital, which will feature at RHS Chelsea Flower Show in May 2016.

Leaf Fabric GOSH 2 copy

The Show Garden, which is designed by Chris Beardshaw, will appear briefly at RHS Chelsea Flower Show before it moves to its permanent home at Great Ormond Street Hospital immediately after the show, where it will provide a much needed, private and reflective space for parents and families of the children undergoing care at the hospital.

The children were invited to join workshops across the hospital throughout the holidays, so patients’ siblings could also join in the fun. The series of workshops were organised by GO Create! Great Ormond Street Hospital’s in-house arts programme and Chris Beardshaw’s design team.  The children were encouraged to be as imaginative and inventive as they liked, using as many colours and different materials as they wanted in their leaf designs.

Morgan Stanley volunteer Zoe with GOSH patient Vikinte, 7

Once completed the Children’s leaves were displayed in the hospital for everyone to admire, before being scanned and sent to Chris Beardshaw’s design team who have incorporated the designs into a beautifully vibrant fabric –(sample below). The fabric is being used to cover seating in the Show Garden which can be seen by the many thousands of visitor to Chelsea Flower Show, before becoming part of the permanent garden back at the hospital.

Susie Hall, Head of GO Create! said, “At Go Create we strive to create a relaxing, engaging and child-friendly environment to help patients adjust to what can be an extremely difficult time. Everyone has been thrilled to have been involved in the making of this wonderful garden which will be appreciated by families and staff alike. The patients are always delighted for their artwork to be celebrated and shown to the public and they have loved getting involved and being inventive with their designs. They’re really looking forward to seeing their artwork displayed in the garden.”

Chris Beardshaw said, “We really wanted to find a way to engage the children in the making of the garden and it has been wonderful to see the individuality and creativity of all the leaf designs.  We are really looking forward to showing the children how their designs are play such a colourful role on the seating in the finished garden.”

More information about Chris Beardshaw’s garden design at this years Chelsea Flower Show will be is coming to Shoot Show Gardens very soon.

Professional Spotlight

This week we asked Marc Piechocki, a new Professional Shoot member, a few questions to find out more about him, his company I-Echo Landscape Designs and how he uses Shoot.

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 Where are you based and willing to travel for design work?

We are based in Wimbledon Village and our projects are mostly in London and Surrey, but distance is not a problem. We have projects abroad and our cutting edge visualisation and design service means that we can effectively communicate online which minimises the need for site visits during the design process.

How did you find Shoot?

I was searching to find a solution to a gap in our specification process. We needed to transfer our large plant lists into a more visually informative format quickly.  I stumbled upon Shoot whilst doing researching online. Shoot covered everything I needed and now achieves even more, it has also enabled us expanded our service.

How do you use Shoot in your design process?

We introduce Shoot to our clients very early in the design process by asking them to attach any plants that they specifically desire. Plant lists are then developed using Excel and imported into Shoot which does a very good job in finding photos and profiles. These are invaluable when explaining a scheme to our clients. Once the plant list has been confirmed I then share this list with our planting/maintenance team who can then calculate how many hours would be required in the garden so we can produce a planting and maintenance quote.

What are your top 3 plants? (Sorry, we know that is a hard question to answer!)

Well that is difficult,  I think Erigeron karvinskianus is great for bordering paving as it will soften any edge. Cornus Kousa ‘Miss Satomi’ is a beautiful specimen and is a very  delicate Kousa variety with lovely petal tones and Verbena bonariensis a great splash of colour perfect for impact within a border.

And finally, what is your favourite feature in Shoot for Professionals?

There are many favourites so I have to mention my top two firstly the plant list upload facility is very powerful and saves so much time in trawling through google for plant details and photos. Secondly is the ability to communicate fluidly with our clients and retain that communication beyond the completion of a design.

Check out our blog on pricing options for Professionals for more information.

New Pinterest Pinboards

We have just opened a new Pinterest account with images of gardening things we love. Please take a browse through our pin boards such as Gardens Designed in the City, or Flower baskets.

We hope you will use Pinterest too! For example are you thinking about overhauling your garden? Why not create a gardening moodboard! First you need to request a login as Pinterest is currently still invitation only. Once you get a login, you can ‘pin’ photos of inspirational gardens, show gardens, designer gardens, and other members’ gardens you find on Shoot as well as plants you love and so onto a mood board of your own. If you do and you use images from Shoot please contact us and we will re-pin your board from our account.

We hope you have fun with Pinterest. Please let us know how you use it!