Limerick Community Hospital Wins Nationwide Competition for Award-Winning Dementia-Friendly Show Garden

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St Ita’s Community Hospital in Newcastle West has won a Nationwide competition for an award winning dementia friendly show garden.

A show garden that featured at Bord Bia’s Bloom festival will be gifted to the Limerick based HSE Midwest Community Healthcare centre.

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Named “Memories are Made of This” after the tune made famous by 50’s crooner Dean Martin, the garden aims to take people on a trip down memory lane.

“Memories are Made of This” Show Garden – Pictured at the launch of the “Memories are Made of This” show garden by the HSE’s Dementia: Understand Together campaign are Blaise O’Mahony, aged 9 and Lilly Bateman-Cullen, aged 9 – Pic Shane O’Neill, SON Photographic

The garden won both the People’s Choice Award and a Silver Gilt Medal at the garden festival which took place in Phoenix Park in Dublin from May 30th – June 3rd.

The garden was created by award-winning designer, Robert Moore, for the HSE’s Dementia: Understand Together campaign.

Features include an array of flowers and shrubs from geraniums to foxglove wild flowers, daisies and roses to add an abundance of colour and scents.

Pictured at the launch of the “Memories are Made of This” show garden by the HSE’s Dementia: Understand Together campaign is Robert Moore, award-winning garden designer and Ciara Kelly, broadcaster, and Dementia: Understand Together campaign ambassador – Pic Shane O’Neill, SON Photographic

There is also gnomes and pink flamingos to be found among the flowers as well as memorabilia from the 50’s era.

St Ita’s won following a nationwide competition among publicly-funded organisations and residential care centres to offer a new home to the 50’s themed show garden.

St Ita’s Community Hospital provides a range of services for the people of West Limerick, including residential continuing care, rehabilitation, and respite, as well as day hospital services and palliative day services.

Once the garden is in place, it will be open to patients, staff, families and members of the public.