Martyn’s garden is inspired by the gifts left in wills to Macmillan Cancer Support. These vital legacy donations make up over a third of its funding and help support people living with cancer.
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.
I was in awe and so grateful for Martyns hard work and professionalism during the project. His calm nature shone through when tough decisions needed to be made.
It was a pleasure to work with him and Macmillan are forever indebted to him for creating us such a wonderful garden in which everyone can share