Nightingale Garden at Chelsea
A celebration of modern day nursing
In 2020 an imagined courtyard garden for a new hospital, celebrating Florence Nightingale’s 200th anniversary during year of her birth, will feature at the Chelsea Flower Show.
Celebrating the nursing profession in the 21st century, the theme of the garden is ‘nurture through nature’ inspired by the idea that the shortest road to recovery leads through a garden. Designed as a restorative space, it is enclosed on three sides by a sculptural timber pergola, which provides a space from which to view the garden as well as to sit in and stroll through it.
The garden is sponsored by The Burdett Trust for Nursing and designed by Robert Myers with the support of the Florence Nightingale Museum. The garden evokes key elements of Florence Nightingale’s life: pale concrete and timber represent the materials that she endorsed for hospital construction; a reflecting pool references her insights into drainage and cleanliness; and the plants in the garden include some found in her own pressed flower collection as well as plants with strong medicinal properties which were used in the 19th century and are still used in medicine today. In addition, her story is referenced in art seen throughout the garden.