Mental Health Garden, Harrogate Flower Show

Mental Health Garden, Harrogate Flower Show
Jo Manfredi-Hamer
Harrogate Flower Show, Show Garden


Leading garden designer Jo Manfredi-Hamer asked us to supply plants for a garden dedicated to mental health awareness that was created for the Harrogate Flower Show 2019.


Renowned garden designer and Johnsons of Whixley client Jo Manfredi-Hamer wanted to create a show garden dedicated to mental health at the 2019 Harrogate Flower Show.

Created in support of Leeds Mind, the mental health charity that provides help and information when people need it most, the design incorporated various features including a semi-colon – sometimes worn by mental health sufferers – along with aspects that represented self-harm, inner strength and activities are chosen to combat mental health issues. Different shades of pebbles were used to represent depression and coping strategies.

Jo was inspired to create the garden after seeing the impact of mental health issues on someone close to her and wanted to highlight the issues while communicating a message of positivity.

A variety of top-quality trees and plants were required in order to fulfil the designer’s dream of taking a gold award at the show.


Our supply of trees and plants enhanced the 7.3m x 5.2m garden which included Carex oshimensis, Stachys byzantine ‘Silver Carpet’, Lamprocapnos spectabilis ‘Valentine’, Myosotis sylvatica and Choisya ternata sundance. Several Skimmia × confusa Kew Green was included in the supply, along with Tiarella Sugar and Spice,  Helleborus x hybridus Pretty Ellen Red and four pleached trees.


The Mental Health Garden was awarded Gold by judges at the Harrogate Flower Show in April 2019. As a company, we are thrilled to have been able to add to the impact of Jo’s incredible design and helping to raise awareness of mental health issues.

Garden Designer Jo Manfredi-Hamer said “It has been a pleasure working alongside Johnsons to produce this garden. It has already raised the profile of mental health issues and I hope it will continue to do so.

Cash & Carry manager Luke Richardson, said “We would like to congratulate Jo on her fantastic result,  It’s great to have sponsored the mental health garden with plant varieties including  Pleached Prunus ‘Umineko’, Amelanchier lamarckii, Tiarella ‘Spring Symphony’, Dicentra Spectabilis and Photinia ‘Red Robin’ which have all worked really well in Jo’s design and really compliment the kernel sculpture.