Cancer Research UK displays vision at Chelsea Flower Show 2007

Cancer Research UK

Today Cancer Research UK unveils plans for its 2007 Chelsea Flower Show Garden, designed by last year’s Gold Medal winner, Andy Sturgeon. The garden illustrates Cancer Research UK’s vision, 'Together We Will Beat Cancer'.

Focusing on the word 'together', Andy Sturgeon has designed the garden so that all the different elements interlink and lock together. The paths leading from either end draw people into the heart of the garden, where the modern amphitheatre then provides a place for visitors to sit together.

The most dramatic aspect of the garden is an eye catching 30m long sculpture which consists of five strands of curved oak ribbons, which weave together and wind through the garden, connecting it all.

Andy Sturgeon said "Everyone wants to beat this terrible disease and it’s a great honour for me to be asked to create a design that illustrates how, together, we can do this."

The garden features a pavilion inspired by modern Japanese architecture, with an acrylic roof and end wall which are illuminated at night. A triptych of sensuous ceramic wall sculptures by Japanese artist Mari-Ruth Oda covers the end wall.

The planting will be colourful and will include roses, shrubs, grasses, perennials and bulbs. The colour scheme will be predominately a variety of greens complemented with purples, mauves, pinks and white. Andy plans to use an unusual species of tree called Quercus phellos, which will be donated as street trees or to schools after the show. Almost every element of the garden will be recycled or reused.

Richard Sullivan, director of clinical programmes and centres at Cancer Research UK, said: "We’re delighted to be returning to the Chelsea Flower Show for the fourth year. Andy Sturgeon has captured the charity’s vision and created a stunning garden for us once again."

Work on the garden has already begun in earnest and Andy Sturgeon says "'Chelsea' is the only time the words 'adrenaline' and 'gardening' can be used in the same sentence. Chelsea means not seeing my family for three weeks, sleepless nights, nervousness, excitement, exhaustion and chatting, lots of chatting, but we’re looking forward to another successful year."

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Cancer Research UK

  • The Cancer Research UK garden is situated on Main Avenue (MA20)
  • The Cancer Research UK garden has been funded by a generous donation from a private sponsor
  • Cancer Research UK's vision is to conquer cancer through world-class research.
  • The charity works alone and in partnership with others to carry out research into the biology and causes of cancer, to develop effective treatments, improve the quality of life for cancer patients, reduce the number of people getting cancer and to provide authoritative information on cancer. Cancer Research UK is the world's leading independent charity dedicated to research on the causes, treatment and prevention of cancer.
  • Chelsea Flower Show takes place on 22-26 May 2007. For more information click here.
  • For press passes or more information on the show, contact Hayley Monckton, RHS press office on 020 7821 3045 or via email at hayleymonckton@rhs.org.uk

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