If there’s one event we look forward to this time every year, it’s the Chelsea Flower Show. Rows upon row of gorgeous blooms, perfectly tended gardens, and the occasional celebrity appearance to boot – what more could you ask for as the weather starts to warm?
And now, our favourite spring event has just become even more special, as it plans to help raise money for a worthwhile cause that happens to be close to the royal family’s heart.
The ‘Mind Trap’ garden will feature in this year’s show, and has been designed by Ian Price, for whom the garden is meant to be a physical manifestation of his own experience with depression. The proceeds from the garden will then go towards the Duke and
Duchess of Cambridge, and Prince Harry’s mental health campaign, Heads
Together, which they’ve been supporting for the last year.
In order to represent his mental health struggles, Price has included viewing panels in the design to act as physical bars to the outside world, and some dying, wilted plants, alongside healthier blooms.
The garden will also feature a pool with a single viewing seat in the middle of it, which is said to represent the isolation of mental illness.
Price says he hopes the garden will do some good in getting people to open up about their own experiences, saying, “With the two Princes opening up about depression and their own experiences with it recently, partnering Heads Together with this garden seemed like a completely obvious link.”
“The garden is about my own experiences with depression but obviously they [the Royal family] have a much bigger voice and reach than I do so it just seemed like a good fit to do some good.”
Talking to the Evening Standard, Price also said, “My main hope for this garden is that it will allow people who are depressed to realise they are not alone in being in a dark place and that there is help available.”
“Having the two high-profile young Princes influencing the conversation about depression is just brilliant.”
The royal family have long-held links with the annual Chelsea Flower show. In 2015, Prince Harry’s charity Sentebale created a garden which
aimed to raise funds for Lesotho’s vulnerable children. Harry called the
garden “fantastic”, and said that it was “exactly how I imagined it.” And the Queen visits the displays almost every year. Prince Charles, the Duchess of Cornwall, and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are also regular attendees. In fact, a flower debuted at the show last year was even named after the then-1-year-old Princess Charlotte. Because Catherine, William and Harry all support the Heads Together mental health campaign, the family are also expected to attend this years festivities.
Chelsea Flower Show opens to the public on 23rd-27th May.