‘Bowls of Plenty’ – selecting containers for a hospice garden

We thought that for this GDRT Blogfest on Containers we would approach the subject through the framework of a specific project.

We are currently researching containers for a hospice garden we have designed, which is out to tender and will be constructed in late summer:

We envisage a group of three large statement containers at the junction of three paths.

And two of the same immediately outside a well used Day Room.

The garden is curvaceous and accessible with low raised sensory beds and wide paths in pale gold resin bound gravel edged with grey setts.

Our idea is that they should be planted seasonally for immediate impact. The patients will be able to see growth, touch leaves and flowers, smell scent and may even take part in the planting  – or at least direct operations!

They should be smart, inexpensive (!), durable, contemporary but relaxed, pale in colour, round, low to give wheel chair users good visibility, and wide to 1m to allow a range of plant height and impact. Generosity is the feel!

Too demanding?

Certainly it is not a shape or style that is easy to source.

What we came up with:

Love these fun, synthetic planters from Beerd van Stokkum :

A play on cup cake cases, they are wide and low. Not sure about the corrugated edges for patients getting close to the plants. And they may be too much fun!

These fibreglass bowls from Bright Green are certainly contemporary, so much so that this colour is as naturally pale as they come:

We are feeling that they are more drawing room than relaxed and user friendly garden in style.

On the other hand Urbis Design’s bowl planter/waterfeature comes in a variety of shades from white through to slate: 

They strike us as being user friendly, contemporary but not edgily so, and feel generous.

As to price of any of these, they are budget busting!

So it looks like a case of getting on that phone and asking for some goodwill!

But hang on we are going to Chelsea Flower Show tomorrow. What a good opportunity to pitch directly at the companies and see what prices they will deliver for a good cause!

Please also check out our fellow blogists on the subject of containers. The links are below:

Christina Salwitz : Personal Garden Coach : Renton, WA

Debbie Roberts : A Garden of Possibilities : Stamford, CT

 Jenny Petersen: J Petersen Garden Design : Austin TX

Jocelyn Chilvers : The Art Garden : Denver, CO

Laura Livengood Schaub : Interleafings : San Jose, CA

Rebecca Sweet : Gossip In the Garden : Los Altos, CA

Rochelle Greayer : Studio “G” : Boston, MA

Scott Hokunson : Blue Heron Landscapes : Granby, CT

Shirley Bovshow : Eden Makers : Los Angeles, CA

So you see, there are loads of funky containers out there.

Have at them!

Lesley and Robert