Our fundraising flowers are taking centre stage in a unique garden design aiming to impress visitors at Shrewsbury’s famous flower show.

More than 100 of our specially commissioned, limited-edition handcrafted copper and brass forget me not flowers will feature in the ‘Reflection’ show garden designed by Oswestry-based Stuart Francis.

Stuart was inspired to include the forget me nots as they symbolise love and memories, often the source of someone’s emotional reflections.

And just like other garden flora made available for sale at the show, the forget me nots will be sold off over the weekend to raise funds to support our care for people and their families living with an incurable illness across Shropshire and Mid Wales.

Stuart said: “Gardens are quiet places for reflection and contemplation and the symbolism of the flowers works perfectly for what I wanted to create. Their colours and design just lend themselves so well to the whole atmosphere I wanted to generate and I’m thrilled with how the design’s come together.”

Jonathan Evans, owner of J.C. Evans Building & Landscaping Supplies Ltd in Oswestry, has sponsored the garden’s creation. He said: “I have a personal connection to the hospice and wanted to do something special to support its important contribution. I hope that visitors are not only impressed by Stuart’s wonderful creation but also take the time to reflect on the hospice’s work in the community.”

Lucy Ruff, fundraising manager at Severn Hospice, said “We were absolutely delighted when Stuart first approached us about being involved with the project. The garden will look stunning and our flowers will be the finishing touch.

“The flower show is one of Shrewsbury’s most prestigious events and as a local charity at the heart of the community I’m so pleased to we can have such a fabulous presence at this year’s show.

“We couldn’t help local families without the superb generosity of the community in funding our work and it’s fitting that we, Stuart and Jon have been supported by local businesses in making this garden happen. On behalf of everyone at Severn Hospice I would like to thank him for or choosing to support our cause and local companies including Oswestry Green waste for kindly sponsoring the garden. Special thanks also to Dobbies in Shrewsbury for loaning us a garden table set.”

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