East Anglican support for Himalayan Garden

Norfolk based designer Jane Scott Moncrieff is creating a Himalayan garden for The Gurkha Welfare Trust (GWT) at the 2019 BBC Gardeners’ World Live this June. The garden, sponsored by Greene King and Thompson & Morgan, will feature Himalayan plants, highlighting varieties familiar to British gardeners.

Jane will create an imaginary garden for a retired Gurkha serviceman and his family now living in the UK with the Himalayan plants reminding them of their home in Nepal. It will be in the Beautiful Borders section of the show celebrating the theme of “Our Space”.

After the show the plants will be used to create a new Himalayan Garden at the arts and cultural centre, Firstsite, in Colchester, Essex. Colchester is home to around 700 people of Nepalese origin, including 44r3 Gurkha veterans and their families.

Jane is delighted that the Nepalese community in Colchester will have their own Himalayan Garden: “I believe plants must have a life after shows and thankfully most show gardeners are now of the same view,” she says.

This will be the second garden Jane has designed for the GWT – last year she won a Gold Medal and Best in Show at the Sandringham Flower Show. The Gurkha Welfare Trust celebrates its 50th year in 2019 and provides vital support to Gurkha veterans.

The garden will also be supported by BHGS Ltd and VonHaus. The 300 plants needed for the design will be sourced from nurseries in Norfolk, Suffolk, Lincolnshire and Cambridgeshire.

BBC Gardeners’ World Live will be held at Birmingham NEC between 13th and 16th June 2019.