Renowned international sculptor Christine Charlesworth is honoured and delighted that 6 of her
sculptures are at Chelsea Flower Show, which opened 22nd May. They will be featured in
the 'Come to Your Senses' Eco Garden designed by Vicky Page of Scotts Miracle-Gro,
Frimley. The garden aims to tackle the overstimulated and sedentary lives of children in the
UK with a design that encourages children to enter the haven of a garden. It will be situated
in the Discovery Zone of the Great Pavilion.
Christine was contacted by Vicky Page, garden designer for the company, in September
2016. Vicky already knew of Christine’s work as Scotts Miracle-Gro helped fund part of the
special garden at Guildford Cathedral, where the ‘Seeds of Hope’ sculptures take centre
stage. Vicky told Christine that she also liked the ‘Oranges and Lemons’ group of sculptures
that Christine created for Ramster Gardens in Chiddingfold. The figures would fit very well
with the theme for the garden, which will focus on how green spaces help with mental health
issues in children. Vicky was looking for ‘a magical focal point in the garden’ and thought
these sculptures would be ideal. In late September 2016 Vicky visited Christine at her home
and studio in Milford and selected 6 suitable figures to exhibit at RHS Chelsea Flower Show
Garden. These will be the two ‘Seeds of Hope’ children, three children from the ‘Oranges
and Lemons’ group and a slightly smaller piece called ‘Girl with a Book’ that will be sitting
in a quiet corner of the garden.
Christine is looking forward to seeing her sculptures set in their new temporary home and
hopes that they will give pleasure to the many visitors and also, who knows, perhaps Vicky
Page will win a medal for her garden design.