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First Christian garden at Chelsea Flower Show

by Ruth Sax

Chelsea Flower Show will be home to a Christian garden for the first time this year.

Sponsored by the Bible Society, the theme of the garden will be based on Psalm 23.

Bible Society spokesperson, Hazel Southam told The Sunday Telegraph: "We visited Chelsea last year and saw that banks and gin companies had a presence and decided there was no reason the Bible Society should not be in there.

"We decided that Psalm 23 should be the theme because it is beautiful and speaks to everybody. We want our garden to be restorative and for people to see it and feel they can draw away from the busyness of life."

The Lord Is My Shepherd featured in the Coronation service of the Queen, who is Royal Horticultural Society (RHS)  patron, Supreme Governor of the Church of England and a Chelsea regular who is expected to visit the garden.

In previous years there have been gardens inspired by other faiths, but this will be the first time a garden inspired by the Christian faith, according to the RHS.

Sarah Eberle, a RHS gold medal-winning designer, plans to bring the psalm to life with her interpretation of Psalm 23.

"The garden is my place of meditation. It does not matter if you are religious or not." The psalm's "green pastures" will be depicted by a meadow while "the valley of the shadow of death" will be evoked by Dartmoor granite and deep shade Eberle explained.

The Queen will open the Chelsea Flower Show on 18th May. The Psalm 23 garden will be relocated to Winchester Hospice after the show ends on 23rd May.

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