Prince Harry’s charity, Sentebale, will be exhibiting a garden at the Chelsea Flower Show next year, the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) has announced.
Sentebale was founded by Prince Harry and Prince Seeiso of Lesotho, who, like Harry, had lost his mother quite recently. Started after Harry visited Lesotho in 2004, the charity works to help children who are affected by extreme poverty and AIDS to get back on their feet and lead healthy and productive lives.
This is not the first year that the charity is putting up a garden. In 2013, Sentebale made its first ever appearance at the Flower Show with the Forget-Me-Not Garden. Designed by Jinny Blom, the garden showcased the landscape of Africa, and featured patterns of hearts and crowns to symbolise the two Princes. Prince Harry was seen proudly showing his grandmother, The Queen, as well as his father and step-mother around the garden, which went on to win a silver gilt medal.
The designer for this year’s Sentebale garden is Matt Keightley, whose garden for the military charity, Help for Heroes, won a silver medal at this year’s Chelsea Flower Show. The garden was inspired by the armed forces who had returned from war, and was called ‘Hope on the Horizon’, also won the BBC RHS Chelsea Flower People’s Choice Award.
Mr. Keightley spoke about working with Prince Harry’s charity, saying: “I am honoured to be working with Sentebale, The Prince’s Foundation for Building Community and Prince Harry on this years very special garden. It is such an inspirational project that I am delighted to be able to help raise awareness of.”
The official name of the Sentebale Garden has not been announced as yet, but is set to be revealed in January, at the Chelsea Flower Show launch. The RHS has mentioned that it will revolve around the charity’s dedication to help young people who have lost either one or both of their.
Cathy Ferrier, the Chief Executive of Sentebale, said: “Sentebale are delighted to announce the Sentebale garden for the 2015 RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Landscaper and designer Matt Keightley has created a truly inspirational garden that will be a representation of the experience that the children in Lesotho go through during our Mamohato camp.”
The RHS Chelsea Flower Show is an international exhibition, organised by the Royal Horticultural Society, a UK based charity dedicated to gardening. An annual event, held in May, the Flower Show is regularly attended by various members of the Royal Family. Her Majesty is the patron of the RHS, and is often present to open the show. Click here to know more about the RHS and the Chelsea Flower Show.
The Chelsea Flower Show for 2015 will be held from the 19th to the 23rd of May. Tickets will be available to the public from the 1st of December, and can be purchased on the RHS website.