The Macmillan Legacy Garden by Gary Birstow
Designer: Gary Bristow
Sponsors: Macmillan Cancer Support
The design of the Macmillan Legacy Garden was inspired by a fictional couple, one a painter the other a photographer. The garden is a celebration of their life and the legacy they left to future generations and ties in with the 'Through the Len's theme of this year's festival. It incorporates the extensive collection of objects and curiosities that inspired their work.
The garden is designed to communicate the importance of gifts left in wills to Macmillan Cancer Support. Legacy donations account for over a third of Macmillan's income and help the charity to be right there with people dealing with the physical, financial and emotional effects of cancer.
The planting scheme features perennials, bulbs and self-seeding plants that return year after year, thus creating their own legacy. The area of white flowers demonstrates the challenges of a cancer diagnosis, when life seems to lose its colour. The area develops into more colourful and tactile planting, expressing the warmth and energy Macmillan's support provides.
About the Designer
Gary is an award-winning garden designer based in South Gloucestershire.
His background in fine art strongly informs his design practice, providing clients with highly unique and creative gardens. Working collaboratively to design outdoor spaces that truly express a client’s personality and passions, creating beautiful lifestyle enhancing gardens.
Gary has worked on gardens at RHS Chelsea and RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Shows. His first show garden was awarded an RHS Gold Medal at the RHS Malvern Spring Festival in 2015.