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Saturday 31 August 2013

Take Home a Piece of St Luke’s History as Award-Winning Silver Anniversary Garden Goes Up for Auction

St Luke's RHS Tatton Show Garden Auction Pieces

Generous and green-fingered St Luke’s Cheshire Hospice supporters are being offered the chance to take home a piece of the hospice’s award-winning RHS Tatton Flower Show 25th Anniversary garden.

The hospice’s show garden, created to commentate St Luke’s Silver anniversary by a team of Foundation Degree Garden and Landscape Design students from Nantwich’s Reaseheath College, wowed both the judges and the public to win the perfectly appropriate Silver Medal at the popular annual show.

The garden, awash with eye-catching colours, reflected the many positive aspects of St Luke’s, particularly the loyalty and dedication of its volunteers.

Now, the hospice is putting an array of the garden’s unique signature pieces up for auction. Bids need to be submitted by Friday, 6 September.

The items available to buy are:

· Three Sorbus Majestica trees (Common name Whitebeam ‘Majestica’) Approx 4m tall. They have white flowers in the spring and dark green foliage in the spring and summer which turn yellow in autumn. Plant in full sun or part shade. Their ultimate height is 8-12 metres and spread 4-8 metres.

The trees provided a shady refuge for the seating area in the award-winning garden design. They are available for £100 per tree – or nearest offer.

· Signed original sculptures by artist Ruth Moilliet.  The three rose sculptures are made of anonised steel and provided a conversation piece in the overall design. The whole set is available for £1,000 – or nearest offer – however the hospice may consider splitting the set.

· A beautiful curved wooden bench which would make a lovely seat set on top of a low wall or set into landscaping.  The bench is approximately 2 metres in length and provided a secluded, tranquil space for sitting and reflecting in the garden. It is available for £120 – or nearest offer.

St Luke’s Manager of Volunteer Support Sara Evans said: “The Silver Medal really was the icing on the cake for what was a wonderful effort by all our volunteers and the team from Reaseheath College led by the garden’s lead designer, Rick Tomlinson.

“We’re delighted to be able to offer a part of this wonderful garden to our supporters and I hope the pieces will continue to inspire the sense of tranquillity and reflection they did so beautifully at the RHS Tatton Flower Show. Bids need to be submitted by Friday, 6 September.”

Please submit your bid to Sara Evans or Lesley Smith in the Volunteer Support Department on 01606 555690 or 01606 555689 or email

Credit/Debit card payments can be accepted by the highest bidder. Bidding closes Friday 6 September at 5pm.

For more information and pictures of the garden visit

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