The gardening charity Thrive have been the custodians of the Old English Garden in Battersea Park since 2009, during which time they have turned a once neglected space into a garden which now provides horticultural training and therapy to trainee gardeners living with physical disabilities or mental ill health. My role was to support and guide Thrive's gardeners in their planting renovations. In the spring of 2012 Thrive was fortunate to receive additional funding from Jo Malone London for a second phase of scented plantings. Old-fashioned shrub roses, honeysuckle and jasmine were planted in abundance, echoing the heritage of this Arts and Crafts Garden. Elsewhere, long flowering Centranthus ruber 'Alba', Geranium ‘Patricia’ and Valeriana officinalis continue to create visual links across the sunny and semi-shaded garden areas.
Images © Marianne Majerus