After Chelsea, the garden moved to its permanent home at Royal Hospital for Children, Glasgow, where Teapot Trust has been working in partnership to support families in need over the last decade. Plants and materials were reused, repurposed and recycled. 

Whilst a show garden at Chelsea is designed for instant impact, creating the Elsewhere Garden at the Royal Hospital for Children was designed for the long term. We have worked closely with NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde who are committed to the long-term success of the garden. There is a genuine belief in the health and wellbeing benefits of high-quality green space. 

The hospital serves multiple areas of social need, where chronic illness in children is more than 2.5 times more prevalent. The garden will offer an inclusive safe space to help overcome barriers to accessing healthcare, it will be used for outdoor art therapy and all patients and visitors will be welcome.  Our aspiration is to build an art therapy pod in the garden. Demand for Teapot Trust art therapy services in Glasgow is high and an appropriate space to offer the service is one of the biggest barriers to delivery. 

Prof Tom Steele, director of estates and facilities for NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde said about the future plans for the children led garden: “We are delighted to be receiving this unique garden space which I am sure will have an instant benefit for our patients, families and staff. NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde manages a diverse portfolio of land across central Scotland that has the potential to improve the wellbeing of surrounding communities by enhancing the environment and creating green spaces which improve mental and physical health. Increasing evidence links access and use of green space to a multitude of healthcare benefits.”

Now that the garden has been relocated Dr Jo Walsh, Paediatric Rheumatology Consultant, shared "The Elsewhere Garden is a tranquil haven close to the ever busy Children’s Hospital. The space invites children, young people, parents and staff to explore the vibrant colours, contrasting shapes, movement and scent of the planting layers. It is a really special place; thanks to The Teapot Trust and Project Giving Back this gold medal winning Chelsea Show Garden will benefit so many. I watched children racing round the paths and look up at the Pine trees, two staff were having a quiet break and a mum to be was sitting in the shade by the astrantia. I always glance out of the window from the stairs to see if anything new has grown… The Elsewhere Garden is a place for all."

Dr Patricia Watts, Teapot Trust Art Therapist based in Glasgow, shared "The Elsewhere Garden is a tranquil and relaxing space where families can have some quiet time together after the hustle and bustle of hospital appointments. It’s lovely to see the children exploring the garden, noticing the colours and finding out the story behind the garden.  It’s lovely to include the garden as part of the introduction to art therapy and to show children and families this is a space they can use. This can put them at ease, particularly as hospital visits can be stressful for some children and families. It also provides a lovely reflective space for staff too!"

If you have spent time in the Elsewhere Garden please get in touch, we would love to know what it means to you.

The Elsewhere Garden in March 2024, with flowers starting to bloom.

Artmaking in the garden on a sunny day, May 2024.