The Family Monsters Garden, shown in the artisan section at RHS Chelsea Flower Show this year (20-25 May 2019), has won a Gold Medal and named Best Artisan garden.
Designed by Alistair Bayford the Family Monsters Garden celebrates 150 years of the national charity Family Action supporting families across the country and 100 years of idverde, which creates and maintains landscapes for the benefit of local communities, such as parks and gardens.
The Family Monsters Garden is designed to get people talking about the everyday pressures all families face, but can find difficult to talk about. Research for Family Action found the top five pressures on family life today are money, health & wellness, work & education, spending quality time together and relationships. The charity says families need to find ways to talk about these ‘family monsters’ to stop them from becoming overwhelming, as illustrated in the Family Monsters Project film.