Macmillan Cancer Support, BBC Gardeners’ World Live 2019
Macmillan Legacy Garden
The garden contains coloured planters of differing heights, referencing the ups and downs of cancer. Each planter represents a present – the tree inside a ‘gift’ for the future.
Martyn was also inspired by a quotation from Audrey Hepburn that “to plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow” and this resonated with him not only in terms of creating a future garden but also the future legacy support for Macmillan.
The garden is bedecked with brightly coloured ‘presents’ and celebrates the idea of leaving a legacy. These present shaped planters include trees and symbolise gifts left in wills to Macmillan. Martyn has used the differing heights of the planters to symbolise that no matter how big or small, every donation is of critical importance to Macmillan’s work.
The garden also includes solid oak seating for quiet moments or to sit and chat. The colour palette includes peaceful greens and whites as well as more exuberant planting.
The garden has now been relocated to the Birmingham Botanical Gardens.