Mental Health Garden

Jo Manfredi-Hamer
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Mental Health Garden

Case study

Garden dedicated to mental health awareness takes gold award


Leading garden designer Jo Manfredi-Hamer asked us to supply plants for a garden dedicated to mental health awareness that was created for the Harrogate Flower Show.



Renowned garden designer and Johnsons of Whixley client Jo Manfredi-Hamer wanted to create an entry at the spring Harrogate Flower Show that celebrated mental health awareness.


Created in support of Leeds Mind, the mental health charity that provides help and information when people need it most, the design would incorporate various features including a semi-colon – sometimes worn by mental health sufferers – along with aspects that represented self-harm, inner strength and activities chosen to combat mental health issues. Different shades of pebbles were used to represent depression and coping strategies.


Jo was inspired to create the garden after seeing the impact of mental health issues on someone close to her and wanted to highlight the issues while communicating a message of positivity.


A variety of top-quality trees and plants were required in order to fulfil the designer’s dream of taking a gold award at the show.



Our supply of trees and plants for the 7.3m x 5.2m garden included carex oshimensis, stachys byzantine ‘Silver Carpet’, Lamprocapnos spectabilis ‘Valentine’, Myosotis sylvatica and Choisya ternata sundance. Several Skimmia × confusa Kew Green were included in the supply, along with Tiarella Sugar and Spice, along with Helleborus x hybridus Pretty Ellen Red and four pleached trees.



The Mental Health Garden was awarded Gold by judges at the Harrogate Flower Show in April 2019.

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