Horatio’s Garden Art Auction Fundraiser Gets Great Results

If you have been following our story the last couple of years, you will know that we donated a painting by ‘Wonky Artist’ Rachel Smith to our friends at Horatio’s Garden for their Autumn Fundraising Art Auction. We wanted to help them raise much-needed funds so they can continue to provide beautiful, accessible gardens for patients in NHS Spinal Injury Centres across the UK. So it’s thrilling to see that they have raised over £50,000!

A charity that designs and installs gardens into spinal treatment centres in the UK in order to aid rehabilitation of long-term patients, Horatio’s Garden is named after Horatio Chapple, a schoolboy who wanted to be a doctor whose life was tragically ended after a polar bear attack on a school trip to Svalbard in August 2011.

Horatio’s parents started up Horatio’s Garden to nurture the wellbeing of people after spinal injuries in beautiful, vibrant outdoor sanctuaries, whilst also commemorating the memory of their son in an enduring way.

The charity held an art auction last month, where art was auctioned online from the 13th to the 29th of October. Griffin Glasshouses contributed a piece by Rachel Smith, “The Wonky Artist” and it sold above the expected hammer price. Over £50,000 was raised at the event and so we are proud of our very small contribution and the help the sale of this piece will offer to the charity and its vital work.

The piece was painted back in May 2022 at RHS Chelsea where many different celebrities contributed, such as Jeremy Irons, Linford Christie, Deborah Meaden and many more. We made sure to collect everyone’s signatures too, to give a great record of provenance, and we photographed all the celebs who took part to create an accompanying ‘look book’ to accompany the painting. We hope the new owner get great enjoyment of the piece for many years to come.

If you take a look through our archives you will be able to find out all about it.

Where are all the Horatio’s Gardens?

There are six completed Horatio’s Gardens in the UK.

  • Horatio’s Garden South West in Salisbury: the very first Horatio’s Garden was built in the hospital grounds in 2012, and is where Horatio had volunteered the year prior. Designed by Cleve West, this garden was depicted in Rachel’s painting, seen above in this article.
  • Horatio’s Garden Scotland in Glasgow: the second garden designed by James Alexander-Sinclair was opened in 2016.
  • Horatio’s Garden Stoke Mandeville: designed by Joe Swift, Griffin Glasshouses installed an accessible glasshouse in this beautiful garden, that was opened to the public by Mary Berry in 2018.
  • Horatio’s Garden Midlands in Oswestry: just one year later, and designed by Bunny Guinness, Griffin Glasshouses installed the glasshouse that takes a central focus beyond raised beds in this tranquil garden in the Midlands.
  • Horatio’s Garden London & South East in Stanmore: Griffin Glasshouses added Victorian benching to this garden to help improve the versatility of the interior growing space for this structure. Designed by Tom Stuart-Smith, this garden was opened to the pubice in 2020.
  • Horatio’s Garden Wales in Cardiff: this garden opened in 2022 and Griffin Glasshouses supplied a free-standing glasshouse with a solid wall construct as it’s back wall to capture the heat of the sun and reflect it back into the structure. Designed by Sarah Price, this is a beautiful space.

Griffin Glasshouses have installed glasshouses into three of the six that have been built to date. With the following two projects underway at present, there will be more to reveal in 2024 and 2025!

  • Horatio’s Garden Northern Ireland in Belfast: is due to open in early 2024, with construction underway at present and the planting soon to be completed. This garden has been designed by Andy Sturgeon.
  • Horatio’s Garden Sheffield & East: designed by the Charlotte Harris and Hugo Bugg is the next garden underway, where the design themes and features were debuted at RHS Chelsea in May 2023.


Griffin Glasshouses are a proud long-time partner of Horatio’s Gardens and can’t wait for what’s coming next!


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