22 Feb 2007

Pat's Lust For Chelsea

22 February 2007

Chelsea Flower Show veteran Pat Baron makes her return to the world's most prestigious horticultural event, coming out of retirement to co-ordinate The Children's Society Lust For Life garden on 22 May.

After an absence of four years, Pat is relishing the opportunity to get her fingers green once again.  She said: “I spent eighteen wonderful years at Chelsea and I bowed out in 2003. But The Children’s Society asked me if I would co-ordinate their garden and it was such a strong design and a wonderful concept, I couldn’t refuse.”

The innovative and invigorating design represents children’s dreams through vibrantly coloured planting and ‘dream bubbles’, manifesting into reality in the form of a tree. These elements are fed and joined by an arc of water, symbolising the power and triumph of the human spirit as it traverses the garden in rhythmic bursts to the beat of the Iggy Pop song - ‘Lust For Life’.

Pat hopes to match her gold medal winning past at Chelsea. She said: “I can’t think of a better way of spending my retirement than getting involved at Chelsea again. It’s a dream come true for me. I wasn’t sure who Iggy Pop was but Angus enlightened me.”

Angus Thompson has designed the Lust For Life garden to reflect children’s zest and energy for life and the innate potential of childhood. The Children’s Society team is completed by gold medal-winning garden constructors Landform Consultants of Chertsey, led by Mark Gregory.

Richard Johnson at The Children's Society, said: “Thanks to our sponsors Ecclesiastical Insurance, The Children’s Society’s vibrantly designed urban garden is sure to catch the eye of all Chelsea visitors.”

The RHS Chelsea Flower Show runs from 22 – 26 May 2007.

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Media Enquiries: David Hudi-Dinnage, 020 7841 4422, dhd@childsoc.org.uk

  • The Children’s Society is a national children’s charity working with over 50,000 children and teenagers every year, in 90 towns and cities. It works in partnership with communities, schools and families. It helps: children at risk on the streets; children in trouble with the law; young refugees; children with disabilities.
  • Founded in 1887, Ecclesiastical is a specialist insurer of charities, schools, the care sector, churches and historic buildings.  Visit Ecclesiastical Insurance at www.ecclesiastical.com