SSAFA Sanctuary Garden wows at the RHS Garden Chelsea Flower Show

Multi-award-winning garden designer Amanda Waring has won a silver medal for her garden of peace and tranquillity at RHS Chelsea Flower show this year.

One of 12 sanctuary gardens at the show, Amanda showed sensitivity and compassion in her creation. Using an infinity water feature as well as layered planting; it induced a sense of calm whilst restoring and lifting the spirit. The garden, enclosed using timber walls and hedging, created an area of security and quiet reflection, but also provided a place to sit.

Amanda has created a space that will become an area for quite reflection and calm. After the show it will be transported to its final home at SSAFA’s Norton House, Stanford Hall, near Loughborough where it will offer a peaceful space for friends, families, patients, and staff to relax and enjoy.

The modular building of the show garden will enable an efficient transfer from the show into a pre-designed space at Norton House, Norton a home-from-home for families and friends of service personnel being treated for injury nearby at the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre.

Amanda said of the medal,

“I am so thrilled to be here and to place silver. A silver medal at the Chelsea Flower Show would be a gold in other places. I’m chuffed for the charity, and I really hope it benefits from us being here together. Having thematic colours to work with that reflect its tri-service nature, as well as its accessibility, made this garden a joy to build. I hope that those at Norton House enjoy it as much as I have.”

Cheril Bascombe, Housing Manager at SSAFA Norton House, Stanford Hall said:

“This event has been wonderful, being able to see the garden here, and then imagining what it will be like when it is settled in its new home has made me smile. The families are going to enjoy it so much. With help such as this our house will go from strength to strength”.

SSAFA’s Norton House continues to need support from the public and every donation helps to maintain this wonderful sanctuary garden for those that need it.

To find out more about the SSAFA Garden and to donate go to

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