Cancer charity to inspire garden intended to protect and stimulate

Maggies at Chelsea
Darren Hawkes' design for The Linklater Garden for Maggie's

Maggie’s Centres, the pioneering cancer caring charity that uses architecture and landscape design to create reassuring environments, is to exhibit at Chelsea for the first time.

The Linklaters Garden for Maggie’s at RHS Chelsea was inspired by the progressive vision of the late Maggie Keswick Jencks, who understood the need for people with cancer to have access to restorative, tranquil green spaces away from more clinical hospital environments.

Garden designer Darren Hawkes will create a peaceful, secret garden, enveloped in a three-metre high hornbeam hedge, that can be glimpsed through wooden gates and wide slots in the perimeter hedge, before being fully revealed from a uniquely elevated position at the back of the site. The aim of the encircled garden is to provide an exciting, unconventional space that is tranquil yet engaging.

Darren Hawkes said, ‘I know from talking to the team at Maggie’s that for many cancer patients the biggest challenge is taking the first steps over the threshold at a Maggie’s Centre. The garden reflects this in different ways; the subtle curves of the steamed oak gates that will always be open and welcoming and the gaps within the hedge allowing visitors to glimpse what lies inside before entering.’

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