Borough-based SMART (St. Mary Abbots Rehabilitation and Training), a charity that supports people affected by mental illness on their path to recovery, scooped a gold award for their garden at RHS Royal Hampton Court Palace this week.

RHS 1Designed by Steve Smith, The Smart Vision Garden:Having the Vision to See Beyond Mental Illness, is a foreboding structure covered in hazard tape with slits cut at regular intervals and at different heights for people to peek in at Jurassic era plants, reflected in the mirrors lining the walls. Acting as a metaphor for mainstream attitudes towards mental illness, the garden gives an impression of an infinite, beautiful and calm space within.

RHS 2The Hampton Court Place Flower Show runs until July 5 so there is still time to see the garden. Tickets and further information on the garden, and the many other stunning installations can be found at the Royal Horticultural Society website.

For a little more information on the SMART garden, do read the Horticulture Week feature and the SMART London website where you can purchase exhibited plants. RHS 3

Photos courtesy of Amelia Mustapha, SMART London