New home for Home garden plants

Published Thursday, 27th June 2019 in Study at SRUC news

Sarah Smith with Hilary Ford from Marie Curie
Sarah Smith, left, with Hilary Ford from Marie Curie at Annie’s Sensory Garden

An SRUC Garden Design student has helped create a sensory garden for palliative care patients and families at an Edinburgh hospice.

Marie Curie volunteer Sarah Smith, who has just completed her second year at the Edinburgh campus, led the work on Annie’s Sensory Garden at the charity’s hospice. 

It is named after Anne Cormie, a former gardener at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, who died at the hospice after living with breast cancer for ten years.

Sarah, who returned to study for a degree after working as a horticulturalist, said: “I wanted my design to be an awakening so when people come into the garden, there’s a feeling of energy and life.

“It aims to enlighten the senses, so it includes plants for smell, sight, touch, taste and – with the rustling grasses – sound.

“For people to come into the garden and experience that is very healing.”

Sarah was part of a team of students who created the award-winning garden Home for Gardening Scotland as part of College Street.

Plants from the garden, which won a Silver Gilt award from the Royal Caledonian Horticultural Society as well as the People’s Choice award, were donated to the hospice.

Annie’s husband Andrew, who raised funds for the garden, said: “When I lost my wife, she was only 52. There's something terribly sad about being taken away early. She was so full of beans and full of life and had a lot to live for, so this is a tribute to her.”

The Marie Curie Hospice offers specialist care and support for people living with a terminal illness, and their loved ones.

Marie Curie Hospice Manager Hilary Ford said: “Andrew and Sarah have created a tranquil space that will delight people for years to come.”

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