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Donkey Sanctuary’s winning Chelsea Flower Show garden comes to Sidmouth

  • by JW

The People’s Choice Award at this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show went to the Sidmouth Donkey Sanctuary:

The Donkey Sanctuary: Donkeys Matter


And they were very pleased indeed:


Clean, fresh water is a fundamental right – and it comes down to donkeys and mules to deliver it to some of the most vulnerable communities in the world. Our multi-award-winning ‘Donkeys Matter’ garden at RHS Chelsea Flower Show illustrated the vital importance of these hardworking animals.

RHS CHELSEA FLOWER SHOW The ‘Donkeys Matter’ Garden.


It has just been brought to Sidmouth:

The reconstruction of our Chelsea Flower Show garden is well underway in Sidmouth! 


The Donkey Sanctuary’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show garden lives on

The Donkey Sanctuary’s 50 years’ legacy building continues as its award-winning RHS Chelsea Flower Show garden has now been rebuilt at the charity’s international headquarters in Devon. The garden is now open to the public and like the Sanctuary will be free of charge for visitors.

The ‘Donkeys Matter’ Artisan Garden won People’s Choice Award and a silver medal in the judges’ awards at the prestigious Chelsea show in MayThe garden, which has now being reconstructed at the charity’s flagship Devon sanctuary, was designed to showcase its international work and celebrate 50 years of transforming the lives of donkeys and mules

The planting of the ‘Donkeys Matter’ garden suggests the dry Mediterranean climate, including Mediterranean Sea Holly Eryngium bourgatii, Iris ‘Langport Wren’ and Lavender ‘Hidcote’ Lavandula angustifoliaThe colour palette is claret, purple and silver, with bright, vibrant flowers bringing beauty and colour to the garden’s harsh surroundingsThe trees in the space are Pine ‘Glauca’ (Pinus parviflora) and Cypress (Cupressus sempervirens).

This summer, visitors to The Donkey Sanctuary can buy similar plants to those featured in its garden; they can also learn about conservation projects across the charity’s farms as well as it’s supported charities worldwide.


The Donkey Sanctuary is busy in many very hot parts of the world:


Donkey Hospital, Lamu, Kenya (June 30, 2001).jpg – Wikimedia Commons