Dr Louise Newson joins forces with award-winning garden designer Ruth Gwynn
Menopause expert Dr Louise Newson has joined forces with award-winning garden designer Ruth Gwynn to create the Newson Health Menopause Show Garden at BBC Gardeners’ World Live at NEC Birmingham on 15-18 June.
The garden reflects Newson Health’s ethos of inclusive and accessible menopause support for everyone, creating a tranquil and comfortable space for women to reflect on their health and discover the nutritional and physical power of gardens for mental health and wellbeing.
There will be interactive symptom stations exploring different aspects of the perimenopause and menopause, with clinicians and experts on hand with information and advice about the perimenopause and menopause including information about diet and nutrition, the wide-reaching benefits of gardening, exercise, mindfulness and mental wellbeing.
GP and Menopause Specialist Dr Louise Newson, who is a keen gardener, has been involved in planning the garden’s design.
She says: ‘My garden is a real sanctuary for me, and gardening is a really important way for me to de-stress and feel connected to nature.
‘It’s also well documented that menopause and perimenopause can have a huge impact on mental health. Our aim is for this immersive garden to enable visitors to see and learn about the benefits of gardening. This garden is also a superb space to learn about the perimenopause and menopause in a holistic way.
‘BBC Gardeners’ World Live offers the perfect opportunity to connect with visitors and to open up conversations in a safe and calming garden setting.’
Ruth Gwynn has selected plants for the Newson Health Menopause Garden which will create a visually enriching yet calm atmosphere. There will be an area for relaxation, a yoga corner and also an area for outdoor cooking.
Ruth says: ‘It’s been great working with Newson Health on this wonderful space to eat, grow and thrive.
‘The initial brief for the garden was full of amazing ideas on how a garden can support a woman’s journey through the menopause. The aim of this design was to create a garden which could be built on a budget which is affordable and achievable. It is a space in which to reconnect with plants and nature, allowing visitors the opportunity to see what they could achieve in their own gardens.’
After BBC Gardeners’ World Live, elements of the Newson Health Menopause Garden will be relocated to various local communities by Newson Health.