Five reasons to celebrate gardens, gardening and gardeners!

Your passion for tending your pots, borders and beds throughout the seasons has helped Wyevale Garden Centres raise £1.7 million for Marie Curie. We’re celebrating by looking back at how gardens and gardening have helped some of our patients, staff and volunteers over the years.

"A welcome distraction, a perfect tonic"

Volunteer Marie Curie hospice gardener Sarah with dog Skipper
Volunteer hospice gardener Sarah with dog Skipper

“I find that gardening gives me a peaceful time to reflect on things. I also love the sense of achievement I get whenever I've completed a task. It's wonderful to stand back and see an improvement that you've made happen.

“I get the sense that the hospice garden provides a welcome distraction, a perfect tonic, for those who spend some time in it.”

"Gardens are so full of life and hold such sentimental value"

Marie Curie Nurse, Olive, with Wyevale staff
Marie Curie Nurse, Olive, with Wyevale staff

“I remember taking a patient out into her garden to look around and soak up the sights, sounds and smells. We talked about the plants and her happy memories of time spent there as a family.

“I think that because gardens are so full of life and hold such sentimental value it is only natural that our patients get great joy from them in their last days of their life at home.”

"Gardening keeps you motivated, mentally and physically"

Mark, who has been living with cancer for 17 years
Mark, who has been living with cancer for 17 years

“My hobby is gardening. It keeps you motivated, mentally and physically – you’ve got to do something to occupy your brain, it doesn’t matter what it is.”

"The garden is a bit of a release"

Marie Curie hospice volunteers, Barbara and Clare
Hospice volunteers, Barbara and Clare

“It's lovely that at a time when families and patients are in distress, the garden is a bit of a release for them. They feel part of the place and like they can contribute.”

"We encourage our patients to get their hands dirty"

Lisa, Marie Curie Nurse at the Marie Curie Hospice, Bradford
Lisa, Marie Curie Nurse at the Marie Curie Hospice, Bradford

“We hold regular garden parties for our patients and have lunch outside whenever the weather allows. During Wimbledon one year, we even had Pimms on the lawn!

“We also encourage our patients to get their hands dirty, by planting tomatoes and herbs in the garden, or helping with watering the plants – they get a lot of satisfaction doing those things.”

A big thank you to Wyevale Garden Centres

With the help of their staff and customers, Wyevale Garden Centres have raised an incredible £1.6 million for Marie Curie – enough to pay for 9,000 overnight shifts of care from a Marie Curie Nurse.

Find out more about about Wyevale or read information and support about keeping active if you have been diagnosed with a terminal illness.