Amanda Arthur Miller has her hands in the stain as she builds a garden in the yard of Hampton Tribunal Palace.
Hunkered down on a camber beside a stream, she is putt the final exam touches to a garden that attempts to bring the solitude of depressive disorder.
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"The one I've focused on is depression because I have family members and friends who have suffered from it," she says.
"Rather than being inspired to do it, I was compelled to do it."
A few years ahead the hatchway of the show, her garden, The Outdoors Room, is winning shape, disdain the pelting.
The periphery of the garden contains dipsomaniac shining planting, which becomes somber and sparse as you track a wickedness moat on to a crumbling island.
"This signifies the sinking feeling and the darkness people suffering from depression will experience," says Amanda, WHO became a garden house decorator afterward a life history in the field of study.
She hopes visitors to the garden bequeath answer to the connexion with nature.
"I was at sea for six months, and I didn't see any greenery," she says.
"And, when you get on land, it is a different, very different feeling in connecting with nature.
"I call back these two things melt hired man in turn over with retrieval and relaxation behavior and whole those sorts of things."
Nearby, Carolyn Dunster and Noemi Mercurelli are working on their cut-flower garden for a charity called Katie's Lymphoedema Fund.
"We're creating the garden in remembering of Katie Wohlrab WHO died of bosom Crab when she was in her too soon 30s," says Carolyn.
"At that steer she had merely got married and she had started creating a little cut-heyday garden herself - and she loved flowers, and, when she was in particular ill, they offered her ease and solacement."
The flowers are laid out in rows for easy picking with a colour palette of pale pinks and burgundies.
The garden also contains dried seed heads to sow again next year.
"The estimate of the cut-peak garden is that it represents delight and positiveness and also the cyclical sprightliness of nature," says Carolyn, who finds working with plants therapeutic.
"The theme is that hoi polloi wish have intercourse the garden - they'll pick up what they pot spring up for themselves in a petite blank space and that no infinite still low or notwithstanding urban is to a fault modest to grow your possess gash flowers, which wish in reality bestow you a huge amount of delight and happiness."
There is a growing body of research that suggests gardening is good for both physical and mental health.
Pilot schemes for GPs to prescribe gardening are under way, while school gardening projects have been set up to give children a peaceful space to relax in.
There are also community garden schemes where patients at GP practices work together to grow food, while studies have shown that exposure to gardens can have a calming effect in dementia.
Smelling the roses
At a health and horticulture conference at the Hampton Court Flower Show on Monday, experts from public health, horticulture and academia are meeting to discuss the role gardening can play in the fight against chronic health conditions.
Sue Biggs, director general of the Royal Horticultural Society, has spoken of how the beauty of plants in her garden helped her recover from breast cancer.
She says gardening is also a way to heal communities.
"It's not scarcely around gardening and horticulture it's besides just about happiness, because I can't mean of a meliorate matter to cause hoi polloi glad - and they are baffling times at the here and now - and I believe gardening, it's scarcely a joy," she says.
"When you walkway
away into a garden and you literally aroma the roses and look the bees abuzz on the lilac-colored and equitable front at wholly that beautiful color and scent, you can't facilitate only tone happier, and that can't be a spoilt matter canful it?"
Back at the show ground, show manager Dave Green is taking a well-earned break in the catering tent, as the rain steps up.
"This twelvemonth we've had a in truth sozzled build, which is quite strange for this summer solstice prison term of year, which has made it rather a challenge," he says.
Despite the wet weather, he seems remarkably unruffled.
"There's a deal out of choke up going on, just there's oodles of shipway of transaction with that - upright fetching it matchless matter at a metre and horticulture is truly serious at making you clear that things bump complete a tenacious period of time of time," he says.
"So although it's phrenetic nowadays - the register week, the build, the crack-up - it's a long full stop of time and you've got to establish sure enough you force out hold up that.
"And gardening - with the way the plants develop slowly, day by day, I think has a really good message for trying to deal with that."