The Sue Ryder Grief Kind Garden, with wooden chairs and a table, surrounded by flowers and plants

Sue Ryder at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2024

The aim of the Sue Ryder Grief Kind Garden was to start conversations around grief at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2024. It will now live on at Sue Ryder St John's Hospice in Bedford.

A national movement of kindness

Almost half the public aren’t sure what to say when someone tells them a close relative or friend has died. Millions of people every year grieve without the help they need, and 86% of bereaved people have felt alone in their grief.

To tackle this we’re creating a national movement of kindness around grief, helping to equip people with the knowledge and tools they need to support themselves, or loved ones who are grieving.

As part of this we created the Sue Ryder Grief Kind Garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. The garden was designed by Katherine Holland and was generously sponsored by Project Giving Back, the unique grant-giving charity that funds gardens for good causes at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

It was awarded a prestigious gold medal by the judges in recognition of it's expert and impactful design.

Grief is an inevitable part of life. It never ends or goes away. But together, we can inspire everyone to grow and become more Grief Kind.

Hear more about the Grief Kind Garden

Watch our Project Giving Back video

Katherine Holland, who designed our Sue Ryder Grief Kind Garden at this year's RHS Chelsea Flower Show, talks about her own experience of grief after her mum died in 2020 and how this has inspired her work on the space.

My own experiences of grief and other people’s misunderstanding of it has made me want grief to be talked about more openly, to help support those who are grieving and those who are close to them.

Katherine Holland, designer of the Sue Ryder Grief Kind Garden

Meet the designer
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The plant list

Discover more about the plants and flowers used to create our Sue Ryder Grief Kind Garden this year.

The Sue Ryder Grief Kind Garden, with grass, flowers and deck chairs
A gold medal winning garden
The power of the garden's ability to create a safe and peaceful sanctuary was recognised in the form of a prestigous gold medal. It will now be relocated to Sue Ryder St John’s Hospice in Bedford.
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Latest updates from the Sue Ryder Grief Kind Garden
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Garden designer, Katherine Holland, who has designed Sue Ryder's Grief Kind Garden
Meet the designer
Meet Katherine Holland, the award-winning garden designer behind Sue Ryder's Grief Kind Garden at this year's RHS Chelsea Flower Show.
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Celebrating Norman in the Sue Ryder Grief Kind Garden at Chelsea
Cassie recounts the amazing care her dad, Norman, received at Sue Ryder St John's Hospice, and how his love of gardening helped inspire the design for Sue Ryder’s Grief Kind Garden at this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show.
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Meet our volunteer gardeners helping at RHS Chelsea

Volunteer gardeners, Richard and David, supported us in the Grief Kind Garden this year. Hear their stories and why the garden means so much to them.

RHS Chelsea Press Pack

Our RHS Chelsea Press Pack provides all the images, videos, links and news you'll need.

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Grief Kind - supporting someone who is grieving

When it comes to something as tough as grief, it can be hard to know what to say or do that might help someone you love. Sue Ryder's Grief Kind campaign can help you support someone who is grieving.

Thank you

We would like to say a big thank you to the people and companies who made the Sue Ryder Grief Kind Garden possible.

Katherine Holland Garden Design | Project Giving Back | Artisans of Devizes | Village Hotels | Arena Flowers | Patch Plants | Square 4 | Greenscape Gardens | Provender Nurseries | How Green Nursery | Deepdale Trees

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Katherine Holland Garden Design
Katherine Holland is an RHS award-winning garden designer operating in Wiltshire, South London, Berkshire and surrounding areas. She creates joyful and practical garden spaces for people to relax in, and enjoy with friends and family.
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Project Giving Back
Project Giving Back gives UK-based charities and other charitable organisations the chance to apply for a fully-funded garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, helping them raise awareness of and support for their work.
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Artisans of Devizes
Specialising in natural stone flooring, custom stone creations and luxury tiles, their team is dedicated to providing exceptional interior and exterior stone solutions for commercial and residential projects.
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Village Hotels
Village Hotels create and operate lifestyle destinations with modern tech, great dining, state-of-the-art gym, pool, meeting and event facilities across the UK.
Arena Flowers
Arena Flowers are the UK’s most ethical florist, who sustainably deliver hand-tied bouquets and other floral gifts for all occasions, right across the country.
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Patch Plants
The first online plant shop, Patch helps you find the right plants for your space, delivers them to your door and helps you look after them.
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Grief support
If you are grieving after a bereavement, supporting someone else or helping a child or young person coping with grief, you are not alone. Our expert information and advice can help you or someone close to you cope with grief.
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Grief Kind classes
A series of five short video tutorials giving advice on what grief is like and how you can support others who are grieving, as part of our Grief Kind campaign.
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What to say to someone who is grieving
While each bereaved person’s experience will be different, these tips will give you ideas for how to help them feel heard and supported.