THE CHEKHOV PHYSIC GARDENS are conceived by the Anton Chekhov Foundation as a welcoming and tranquil place of beauty where patients, as well as medical personnel, can take respite from the hospital environment. Its collection of medicinal plants will be used as a low-cost source of natural medicine.

The Anton Chekhov Foundation is launching a fundraising campaign for a network of hospital gardens in Britain with a show garden for Hampton Court Flower Show 2018. This garden will be moved to the grounds of an NHS medical establishment after the show. Anna Benn of Garden Design and Hannah Gardner of New British Landscapes are collaborating on the show garden.

Historic background and design

Anton Chekhov is world famous for his literary works. However, equally deserving of recognition is his active involvement in humanitarian causes. Everywhere he lived, Chekhov worked to alleviate problems of disenfranchised, uneducated and poor. The never-ending stream of grateful patients, visitors and friends, and hundreds of letters attest to how much he was respected and admired for his charitable work. He was also an avid gardener.

As his writing demonstrates, Anton Chekhov was most deeply inspired by the beauties of the natural environment. And he was keenly aware of the practical benefits of gardens. As an impoverished young man living in a cramped apartment in Moscow, he jumped at the chance to create flower beds during summers spent at friends’ country estate. Later, when his earnings allowed, he purchased an under-developed country estate in Melikhovo, where together with his father, he took on improving the existing grounds and planting new gardens and orchards.

The first Chekhov garden. A GP Surgery in Culm Valley, Devon. 

After the HPFS the show garden will be transferred to a GP surgery in Devon. The Culm Valley Integrated Centre for Health led by Dr. Michael Dixon is a remarkable practice described as “one the most innovative surgeries in the country... embedded in the community with inspirational leadership” by the chief inspector of General Practice. It has a unique and holistic attitude towards patient care, reaching out to the community and providing support for vulnerable and at risk patients and involving them in a host of health-giving initiatives and activities. The Chekhov Physic Garden there would not only provide a sanctuary for these patients but its installation and care will also provide a focus for activity and social interaction so important in promoting wellbeing.

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