Burncoose Nurseries Chelsea 2019 Stand: Plants from People’s Past
Burncoose Nurseries’ 2019 stand at Chelsea Flower Show will be an exhibit of plants for a sensory / memory garden used by people living with dementia. Based on research that suggests long term memories can be brought to the surface when triggered, the stand will display plants from people’s past, and by doing so the team hope an extra dimension is added to the stand; one of reminiscence.
In residential care homes people living with dementia can take part in activities that help them recall memories, which boosts their mood and stimulates wider conversation. This has been referred to as Reminiscence Therapy and it plays on the strengths of those living with dementia who, when prompted, find it easier to recall events from the past than what has recently happened.
Burncoose Nurseries’ stand will be using plants to trigger memories and will create a garden setting where the enjoyment of reminiscing fond memories can take place in. It will feature plants like Foxgloves, old shrub Roses, Rosemary and Lemon Verbena, to larger classical plants like the Rhododendron, Cornus, Enkianthus and Stewartias. The stand will also have a circular path typical in a sensory garden, along with some raised beds.
Plants from People’s Past is a sensory garden with its focus on textures, fragrance and colour combinations that create a calm and enjoyable environment. It is also a garden that prompts memory. It is a garden where people suffering from memory loss can tend to their garden of memory.