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Seeds of Hope

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By John Clowes, Gardening Guru

The Seeds of Hope Children’s Garden is the brainchild of Guildford charity worker Caroline Jay. Caroline’s charity work started after the loss of her first child and the garden idea is a recent extension of her work helping others cope with bereavement.

This project required over £100,000 in donations and grants, and we are pleased to announce that The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company has been a major contributor in achieving this goal. In addition to our financial support, we have worked closely with the project giving practical horticultural advice and supplying garden products.

1,500 free Seeds of Hope activity and information packs have been distributed to schools, hospitals and hospices across Guildford and Waverly. These packs are designed for all children, including those with special needs, and contain creative suggestions of ways in which to use the garden to learn about life and death.

The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company will continue to offer support to the project by providing garden maintenance.

Split into four areas, each section of the garden represents a seasons and is based on four different stages of the journey of life…

The winter garden (‘Garden of Thought’)

Home to a labyrinth, an ancient symbol for the journey of life, this Garden represents the early days of loss when someone has died or moved away, when life is hard and there’s no sign of colour.

The spring garden (‘Garden of Hope’)

Trees blossom and bulbs burst out of the ground. New life is appearing showing us that loss and death can be a beginning as well as an end.

The summer garden (‘Garden of Light’)

Colourful flowers of roses for love and rosemary for remembrance. Reminding us that even in very sad times it’s OK to have fun.

The autumn garden (‘Garden of Change’)

Fruits, seeds and berries show that the outside shape of things change with time.

If you’re interested in finding out more about the Seeds of Hope charity, please visit for further information.


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