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Sarah Eberle’s Psalm 23 Garden wins gold at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show

Author: Bible Society, 21 September 2021

Sarah Eberle’s Psalm 23 Garden for Bible Society at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show has scooped a gold medal in the Sanctuary Garden section at the first ever September Show. 

‘I am absolutely over the moon,’ said Sarah. ‘I really love the garden. Setting out to create tranquillity in a Show site in the middle of London where you can actually impart that sort of emotional response to a garden is always the biggest challenge. The response we’ve had from everybody is that it touches their souls.’

Paul Williams, CEO of Bible Society, said, ‘I’m just so delighted that after all this effort there’s been such a positive response to Sarah Eberle’s design. I’m totally delighted for her because she’s put so much of herself into this.’ 

The award-winning garden is set to spearhead a campaign to see the creation of community gardens around the country, as we emerge from the pandemic. 

Bible Society has published an easy-to-use guide on how to create such a community garden and an accompanying video, and there are special resources for schools too.

Paul Williams said: ‘I hope the gold medal enables us to inspire more people to have a go at interpreting the psalm in this way so that their local communities can engage with the psalm through the garden.’ 

The first Psalm 23-inspired community garden was created during lockdown in Tadley in Hampshire. 

After the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, the Psalm 23 Garden will find a permanent home at Winchester Hospice, which is set to open later this year. 

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