Jemima remembers the relief of being able to visit the Garden with her husband, John, after his dementia diagnosis. She recalls the pleasure he found in nature and their Garden routine, and the relief of nobody minding what he did or said while visiting.
Kate brought up her family near to the Garden and recalls its role in their lives and the safe haven it provided while caring for her husband, Christophe, following his dementia diagnosis and the ongoing importance of the senses in his care.
Veronica grew up in Cambridge and remembers the joys (and frustrations) of visiting the Garden as a child and then sharing the rituals and special places with her own children. She recalls when picnics weren’t allowed and you had to be 14 to go on the Rock Garden.
Margaret first visited the Garden when she worked at the National Seed Development Organisation in Newton, near Cambridge, but continued to visit and enjoy the Garden personally, and with the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Level 2 students she taught from the 1980s onwards.