Mental Health Garden wins Bronze Medal at Bloom 2016

Saint John of God Hospital is very proud to sponsor the ‘Sharing the Load’ garden at this year’s Bloom festival taking place from 2nd - 6th June in Dublin. A Bronze Medal winner at the festival, the garden has been designed and constructed by Padraic Woods, a self-employed garden designer and brother of a sibling suffering from bi-polar and borderline personality disorder.

Through the use of planting and a central garden structure, Padraic’s garden depicts how those suffering from mental health issues can feel, as well as the positives that can be achieved by seeking help.

CEO of Saint John of God Hospital, Emma Balmaine, says: The garden provides a unique opportunity to shine a light on mental health whilst beautifully and imaginatively demonstrating that there is light at the end of the tunnel and recovery is possible.” 


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