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Breakthrough Breast Cancer Garden wins at Chelsea Flower Show

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Designer Ruth Willmott creates stunning garden in memory of her sister-in-law

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The 102nd Chelsea Flower Show opened yesterday at the Royal Hospital Grounds in West London with hundreds of beautiful, innovative gardens competing for prestigious awards such as "Gold Star" and "Best in Show."

One of the most moving gardens comes from the green fingers of Ruth Willmott. Her sister-in-law Angela Willmott passed away in March 2014, following a battle with triple negative breast cancer (breast cancer that doesn't have any oestrogen, progesterone or HER2 receptors), and Ruth was inspired by Angela to design a garden to raise awareness of the disease.

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Working with Breakthrough Breast Cancer and Cube 1994, Ruth designed a garden shaped like a DNA helix, with pools that ripple every 10 minutes to represent the alarming frequency of U.K. breast cancer diagnosis, and a steel sculpture of the female body by Rick Kirby to symbolise the "courage and dignity of all those fighting the disease."

The garden's plants, including pink flowers such as Iris sibirica and Myosotis sylvatica to represent breast cancer, are being sold to raise funds for Breakthrough Breast Cancer.

Yesterday Ruth's garden was awarded a Silver Gilt Award at the Chelsea Flower Show. A well-deserved prize for a beautiful garden and yet another poignant reminder — via those serene, rippling pools — that funds are desperately needed to find a cure for breast cancer.

Breakthrough Breast Cancer Garden

We're delighted to announce that Ruth Willmott's Breakthrough Breast Cancer Garden at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2015 has been awarded a Silver Gilt Medal! Congratulations to Ruth, Kelways Plants, Cube 1994 Landscape Garden Design and everyone involved for all their hard work.Ruth's garden is inspired our #breastcancer research and supports the The Angela Willmott (1965-2014) Breakthrough Tribute Fund, set up in memory of Ruth's late sister-in-law who died from breast cancer. Please donate as much as you can spare so that Angela's death may be turned in to a positive force for good. We're very much hoping that you can help Ruth reach her £10,000 fundraising target by the end of this week.> very own Natalie Bridge interviews Ruth in this video. You can also find out more about Ruth's award winning garden on the official RHS website.>

Posted by Breakthrough Breast Cancer on Tuesday, 19 May 2015

The Chelsea Flower Show runs until May 23.

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