Help us create a garden that celebrates later life

16 April 2013

We’re delighted to announce that we’re working with award winning garden designer Chris Beardshaw to create a show garden during the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show this summer.

The garden will celebrate the wisdom of the ages and will capture the positivity behind the ageing process, whilst honouring the experiences and knowledge offered by the UK’s growing ageing population. Intended to be thought provoking and interactive, the garden will allow visitors to journey through it and to hear specially recorded audio stories from people in their later life that will be captured online through a social media campaign being run on our  Facebook page.

And that’s where you come in. We would like to collect as many stories as possible through this Facebook App so that Chris has a variety of your stories to choose from to feature in our garden. We will share all the stories submitted on our Facebook page and everyone who enters will be in with a chance to win a pair of tickets to the show and a guided tour of the garden from Chris Beardshaw.

Chris Beardshaw explains:

“The audio within the design is a key element in my concept for the garden as I wanted people to be able to engage with the garden in a way that is rarely possible in a show garden. This is after all no ordinary garden, as the essential ingredients are being provided by those celebrating their later life.

“As part of the concept, we’ve broad divided later life into three areas, the first being one of life’s experiences – all those events that have influenced who you are and how you’ve lived your life. The second is of technological advancements – the things you have seen that have revolutionised the contemporary world, and the third is the fashions or trends, that you’ve perhaps rebuffed or even followed. We want to collect all of your stories and hear you enthusing in your own words, then we can use these tales as a catalyst for the direction of the garden.”

The RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show is running from 9th to 14th July 2013.

Those wishing to get involved by recording their stories can do so directly through the dedicated easy to use application on the McCarthy & Stone Facebook page, or by emailing their tale to

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