Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Alliance

One of Michelle Castles’ statues (image from RHS website)

Arthritis Research UK’s exhibit in the Royal Horticultural Society’s show was designed with arthritis symptoms and traditional remedies in mind.

Aiming to raise awareness, the show garden uses plants with high levels of vitamin C and borage oil, and features several moving sculptures by Michelle Castles that depict the troubling nature of the disease.

Image of Nick Knowles and Chris Beardshaw

Nick Knowles and Chris Beardshaw discussing the garden on the BBC.

Chris Beardshaw, the garden’s designer, had to call in last-minute help from his friend Nick Knowles, of ‘DIY SOS’ fame. Nick assisted Chris in the construction of the large bespoke conservatory area, made from frameless toughened glass.
The materials had failed to arrive on time for show day, so Nick used his contacts and rallied experts to construct the large airy installation, from which one can enjoy the garden from a comfortable leather sofa.

You can see more full-size slides of the garden and the statues on the RHS website

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