Chelsea Flower Show Anniversary garden unveiled

19th November 2015

We’re looking to grow awareness of meningitis by creating a dramatic garden at next year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show, as the centrepiece of our 30th anniversary celebrations

30th Anniversary Garden Letterbox
The Meningitis Now Futures Garden, designed by Chelsea gold-medal winning designer and landscaper John Everiss, is inspired by the spirit and energy of families whose lives have been irrevocably changed by the disease. 

Set in a Cotswold-country garden, to reflect our Stroud-based roots, the garden will feature a Greek-themed folly as its centrepiece with a seat inscribed with our ‘Believe and Achieve’ message.

A carved stone tableau will depict the Greek god of medicine, Asclepius and his five daughters. To each side of this folly are two walls, one representing the disease and the second the recovery.

Dramatic sculptures

Five dramatic sculptures will travel across the garden, hitting the first wall and climbing over the next, depicting lives changed, lost and a life different to the one expected.

“The garden will celebrate the courage, determination and positive outlook of people who have faced up to, and overcome, the consequences of this devastating disease."

“We’re thrilled to have this opportunity to showcase meningitis in this dramatic way and to raise awareness of the disease and our work combating it to the millions of people who visit Chelsea and watch it on television."

“We look forward to working closely with John as his vision for the garden materialises.”

Sue Davie, Chief Executive

Importance of gardens

Many of you will already be familiar with our garden of remembrance at our Stroud headquarters.

“Our garden is in important part of what we offer, providing a place of solace, reflection and remembrance for families whose lives have been touched by this devastating disease."

“It is fitting that as we celebrate our 30th anniversary and move forward towards our ultimate vision – where no one loses their life to meningitis and everyone affected gets the support they need to rebuild their lives – another garden will play its part in our story.”

Sue Davie, Chief Executive 

A group of private sponsors is supporting us by funding the design and build of the garden at the RHS Chelsea Show in May 2016. Funds directed to our ongoing research, awareness and support programmes will not be affected. 

Following the show elements of the garden will be integrated into further 30th anniversary events and others may be sold.