Panathlon is teaming up with award-winning garden designer Penelope Walker at the 2024 RHS Chelsea Flower Show, to create ‘The Panathlon Joy Garden’.

The garden will raise awareness of Panathlon and the competitive sporting opportunities it provides for children with disabilities and special educational needs, to an audience of over 100,000 visitors during the week of May 20th-25th attending RHS Chelsea Flower Show

The garden is funded by Project Giving Back, the unique grant-giving charity that funds gardens for good causes at RHS Chelsea. 

The Panathlon Joy Garden, at the world-famous show, will be a colourful and uplighting depiction of how Panathlon inspires inclusion, enables accessibility and normalises difference. It will also be the first ever wheelchair accessible All About Plants garden.

To create a continuing legacy after the RHS Chelsea Flower Show has ended, the garden will be relocated to the Marjorie McClure School in Chislehurst in London, a school for students aged 4-19 years old with complex medical needs and physical disabilities. 

Paralympic Champion and Panathlon Chair, Liz Johnson, says: “Panathlon strives for authentic inclusion and creates a level playing field for tens of thousands of young people with disabilities and special needs. We are delighted that our message will be conveyed at a high profile national event. “ 

Panathlon Patrons Steve Brown (Wheelchair Rugby Captain at London 2012 Paralympics and BBC Countryfile presenter) and Alex Brooker (TV presenter) as well as Chair Liz Johnson, will all be showing their support at the show in May. 

Landscape and garden designer Penelope Walker of Llevelo Garden Design, whose passion lies in creating gardens that promote well-being, says: “It’s been an honour to design this garden which I hope will raise awareness of the fantastic work that Panathlon does in helping young people with special educational needs and disabilities across a range of age groups find a sense of fulfilment.”

Panathlon would like to both Penelope and Project Giving Back for giving us the opportunity to spread the word about our charity – and we hope to encourage more people to support the charity whilst increasing the number of young people participating in Panathlon. Each donation of £25 will allow another child the opportunity to take part in competitive sport

A dedicated fundraising page has been set up, please visit – Panathlon Foundation

The Panathlon charity relies on sponsors, charitable trusts, foundations, and individual donations to support its work each year. We hope that exhibiting at this world-famous event that attracts international media exposure and dedicated BBC coverage will help raise the charity’s profile and foster new fundraising opportunities.

If you wish to sponsor or support the garden and attend an evening hospitality opportunity, then please contact ashley@panathlon.com

For Panathlon’s press and media at RHS Chelsea Flower Show, please contact Helen Stock on helen@foxredmedia.co.uk

Further information about the Garden:

All features within the garden have been carefully curated to reflect Panathlon through joyful design detailing. Unique curve stemmed trees, which are being exhibited at RHS Chelsea Flower Show for the first time, will be included to represent normalising difference. Their unusual form, in addition to the inclusion of other rare plant varieties, is also a symbolisation of the unique brilliance of each child that Panathlon supports. 

All elements of the garden are curved, including the terrain, for a playful look and feel. Additionally, in mounding the garden, it will be more visually appealing to wheelchair users, who have different sight lines to others. Overall the planting will be an abundant combination of plant varieties, colours, texture and form to create an uplifting and joyful feel for all. 

About Project Giving Back 

Project Giving Back (PGB) is a unique grant-making charity that provides funding for gardens for good causes at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. PGB will fund gardens inspired by a range of good causes 2022 – 2026.