The largest collection of Culinary Herbs in the UK. 

St John's Hospice - 'A Modern Apothecary'

At the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2016, designed by Jekka McVicar.

Jekka has been growing and designing herb gardens for over 30 years and it has been her dream for many years to create a show garden at the RHS Chelsea flower show. Not only did Jekka design and build her show garden, she also grew all of the herbs at her nursery in South Gloucestershire. The Garden will have a life beyond Chelsea and will relocate to the Hospice in the autumn, opening to the public in the spring of 2017.



The inspiration for 'A Modern Apothecary' is based on conversations with doctors and care professionals about what we can do to improve our own health within the context of gardens and plants. The garden  featured research-based plants known to be beneficial to the health and well being of society. It will be a place of quiet reflection, which seeks to highlight the important relationship between medicine and nature while providing rehabilitation to all the senses. 



"Plants can survive without us but we and this planet cannot survive without plants." 

St John’s Hospice, an independent charity located within the Hospital of St John’s and St Elizabeth in St John’s Wood, London, provides specialised palliative care to more than 3,000 terminally-ill patients and their families every year. 

For the last 30 years, they have been providing high quality hospice care, free of charge, to those living in and around Central and North West London. Their services are underpinned by a respect for human dignity and care for the physical, psychosocial, spiritual and emotional needs of the total person, whatever their age, lifestyle, culture and spiritual belief. Their patients face a range of conditions, including cancer, respiratory disease, heart failure and HIV.

The Hospice provides numerous services including the Inpatient Unit which is a 19 bed ward where their team of qualified medical personnel provide 24 hour dedicated care to patients during their final days. This highly personal, holistic approach to care takes time, skill and experience from a multi-professional team.

Contributors to the Garden:

Archway and metal hooped edging:   Moore designs,

Stone Water Bowl:   Karl Friedrich,

Water Feature:  Andrew Ewing,

Sculpture: Susan Bacon

Benches: Raveningham Gardens,

The Hops:  The Hop Shop,

Roses, Paul's Himalayan musk: Peter Beales,

Woven Willows:  Baugaarden,

Herbs: Jekka's Herb Farm

Trees & hard landscaping: Crocus,

Illustrations:  Hannah McVicar,

Jekka's Woven Coats: Designer Weaving Company,


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