From sticky fingers to green fingers | Action Medical Research

From sticky fingers to green fingers

17 May 2005
Meet the new rising star of the gardening world – Paddington Bear. At the Hampton Court Flower Show in July this year, Paddington Bear will be showing off his marmalade garden – the perfect place to sit back, relax, enjoy the sunshine and tuck into some marmalade sandwiches! The marmalade garden, created by designer Liz Dixon-Spain, is helping to promote leading national charity Action Medical Research. Paddington Bear is the official mascot for the Charity, and the inspiration behind the marmalade garden, which will be revealed at the gardening show in the summer. The garden features a sweeping pathway to represent Paddington’s long journey from darkest Peru to Paddington station, with railway sleepers making an interesting feature of the garden. The symphony of reds, oranges and yellows in circular beds are colourful and distracting, representing Paddington’s dream come true – giant jars of marmalade. The garden’s marmalade colours are created in part by the yellow and orange hues of the Touching Lives rose, which is being launched at the Show to raise vital funds for Action Medical Research. . This new rose variety symbolizes the many lives the Charity has touched over the years. Among its many achievements, Action Medical Research has helped to develop the UK polio vaccine, ultrasound scanning in pregnancy, the hip replacement operation and discovered the link between taking folic acid and preventing spina bifida. The Charity’s latest campaign, Touching Tiny Lives is raising funds for vital medical research to help sick and vulnerable babies. Paddington hopes that after seeing his stunning garden, many people will be interested in sandwiching a little bit of marmalade in their own garden and buy a Touching Lives rose. After the Hampton Court Flower Show, Paddington’s garden will continue to touch lives, as it will be transferred to the grounds of Ipswich Hospital for the enjoyment of staff, patients and their families. The garden has been designed using a variety of plants, which will also attract birds, butterflies and in particular honey bees. The later flowering plants in the garden are a welcome burst of colour in the late summer, and are a wonderful way to manage the transition from late summer to autumn – no wonder Paddington has a reputation as such a helpful bear. NOTES TO EDITORS Images of Paddington Bear and the Touching Lives Rose are available on request. For more information on the Touching Lives Rose, please visit or contact the press office at Action Medical Research. If you would like to attend the photocall for the Paddington garden on the Press Day of the Hampton Court Flower Show, please contact Zoë Mitchell for details. More information from Zoë Mitchell, PR Officer, tel: 01403 327404, email:
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