The St John’s Hospice – A Modern Apothecary was designed by Jekka McVicar and built by Crocus, this garden was sponsored by St. John’s Hospice. Conversations with medical professionals about what we can do to improve our own health influences Jekka’s design for this special Show Garden for St John’s Hospice. Jekka took inspiration from a quote from Hippocrates “Let food be your medicine and medicine be your food” and from the healing power of plants and gardens, which is celebrated in this calming, peaceful garden, that’s designed to rehabilitate the all of the senses. Jekka has chosen many red- leaved plants that are high in anthocyanidins which are strongly linked to oxidative stress protection, so you will see Atriplex, Beta, Brassica and Lactuca featured prominently in the planting. A delightful feature, that you might not notice at first glance is a herb ley, comprised of native plants, such as sorrel, chicory and salad burnet growing together with grasses, used instead of grass. The herb ley can eaten as it grows, or it can be cut as you would a traditional grass lawn, when it will envelope the garden in a wonderful aroma and fragrance as the ley is cut and the herbs are cut and crushed as the ley is mown.

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