Call the Midwife's Helen George opens the Florence Nightingale Garden at the Chelsea Flower Show

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Photo credit: David M. Benett - Getty Images
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Call the Midwife’s Helen George opened the Florence Nightingale Garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show today (20 September), with a poetry reading about nursing.

The actress met with real NHS nursing staff at the garden, which was been designed in honour of Florence Nightingale’s 200th birthday.

Helen read the poem, I Speak for Nurses Worldwide, which was written by retired nurse Audrey Arden-Jones OBE. The pregnant star wore a stunning floral dress trimmed with white frill detailing, and you can watch her recital on Good Housekeeping’s Instagram stories.

Photo credit: Good Housekeeping
Photo credit: Good Housekeeping

The garden was designed by Robert Myers as a tribute to and “celebration of modern day nursing.”

According to a release, the garden “hopes to highlight the enduring influence of Florence Nightingale on nursing today, and her recognition of the importance of restorative gardens, and the benefits of fresh air and green spaces for wellbeing and recovery in hospital.”

While the Florence Nightingale Garden was created for display at this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show, it has now been announced that the garden will be installed at St Thomas’ Hospital in London once the event has ended, to offer a place of respite and recovery for patients and staff.

The RHS Chelsea Flower Show returned this year after delays and postponements due to restrictions around the pandemic.

The event is taking place in September for the first time, following the RHS Virtual Chelsea earlier this year and for 2020. Both took place in the month of May, which was traditionally when the show is usually held.

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