Garden designer Matt Keightley has designed the ‘Hope in Vulnerability’ garden for Prince Harry’s charity Sentebale for this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show.Matt, who is head designer of White Waltham based landscaping firm Rosebank, also had success at the prestigious Flower Show last year by winning the People’s Choice Award with his ‘Hope on the Horizon’ garden.
The ‘Hope in Vulnerability’ garden will represent the experience children living with HIV will go through when they attend Sentebale’s camp at the new Mamohato centre providing a safe place for them to access psychosocial support needed to lead healthy lives.
30-year-old Matt will be using traditional and sustainable construction techniques on the garden which are evident in Lesotho, adding to the authenticity of the Southern African styled space. Coppiced, peeled sweet chestnut will form beautiful hurdle fencing nestled in amongst the planting.
Matt said: “We had a hugely inspiring trip to Lesotho last year which further informed me about the fantastic fundraising and charity work Sentebale does and it has directly influenced my approach to the design of the garden.
“Lesotho known as the forgotten kingdom, will be brought to life through the ‘Hope In Vulnerability’ garden with a design that evokes the native landscape and celebrates the work of Sentebale.”
Sentebale was co-founded by Prince Harry and Prince Seeiso in 2006. it provides healthcare and education to vulnerable children affected by HIV and AIDS and extreme poverty in Lesotho.