Sue given preview of Breast Cancer Now garden at Chelsea show

Sue Stannard, left, is pictured with garden designer Ruth Willmott and Benita Travers in The Breast Cancer Now Garden: Through the Microscope.

Sue Stannard, left, is pictured with garden designer Ruth Willmott and Benita Travers in The Breast Cancer Now Garden: Through the Microscope.

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A cancer charity fund-raiser from Caythorpe was given a preview of one of the gardens at this week’s Chelsea Flower Show.

Sue Stannard was shown the The Breast Cancer Now Garden: Through the Microscope, designed by Ruth Wilmott, on Monday. Sue, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2011, has raised money for Breast Cancer Now ever since, including events such as the Amazing Pink Ribbon Race.

Sue said: “It was a huge privilege to attend the Chelsea Flower Show preview day representing Breast Cancer Now, and the garden created for them by Ruth Wilmott was both beautiful and meaningful. We had a lot of press and celebrity visitors, the sun shone, and I even had time to tour the rest of the Show, making friends with a Chelsea pensioner along the way.”

The garden draws inspiration from the work of breast cancer researchers working in the lab, in particular looking through microscopes in their goal to stop breast cancer taking more lives. The garden is laid out with three vertical circles as microscope lenses, which are aligned to focus on a black microscope slide at the back of the garden and a circle of magnified healthy cells. The planting scheme and circular cell shapes illustrate the idea of ‘magnification’. The planting and cell shapes increase in size from front to back of the garden with similarities in form, shape and colour.

Breast cancer is the most common cancer in the UK. One in eight women will face it in their lifetime. Nearly 700,000 people living in the UK have experienced a diagnosis.

Ruth lost her sister-in-law Angela to triple negative breast cancer in March 2014. With this garden, Ruth is aiming to raise awareness of breast cancer, but also raise awareness of Breast Cancer Now’s vital research and what the charity is doing to stop this devastating disease taking more lives in the future.

Ruth was joined in the garden with Breast Cancer Now Chief Executive, Baroness Delyth Morgan; Professor Andrew Tutt, Director of the Breast Cancer Now Research Centre at The Institute of Cancer Research; and Dr Cristina Branco, a Breast Cancer Now Scientific Fellow.