The garden, designed by the Japanese Garden Society was awarded a gold medal at the 2013 RHS Tatton Park Flower Show. Volunteers from the society and Bury Hospice then spent six months re-using materials and plants from the show to create a larger version at the Hospice.
The garden, entitled ‘Reflections on Japan’, represents a landscape surrounding a sea, using gravel to imitate the ocean in which islands lie. Stepping stone paths allow patients and their families and friends to walk through the garden, stopping at different ‘viewing stones’.
The peaceful Japanese garden was opened at the Hospice by a special visitor Akio Miyajima, who was the Minister Plenipotentiary at the Embassy of Japan in London when it was officially unveiled.
Walking through the garden, it is difficult to believe you are so close to a busy main road as the garden is so quiet and peaceful. The tranquil and beautiful garden complements our facility perfectly and creates a peaceful sanctuary for our patients and their families. It is wonderful for our patients and their families to sit outside and enjoy the beautiful garden.
We are very proud of our garden, which was made possible by the hard work of our members, Hospice volunteers and local suppliers, and their commitment continues as they maintain the gardens throughout the year.
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