Verbena Appeal

Commemorate a loved one and help create a beautiful floral display in memory of friends and families this summer 

This spring we will be launching our brand new Verbena Appeal to help fund patient care at Wakefield Hospice. We will invite supporters to make a donation to the hospice to commemorate a loved one and grow some flowers to honour their memory. Everyone supporting the appeal will receive a small packet of flower seeds and a keepsake card showing the name of the person they are remembering.
If you have a garden you can plant the seeds at home, or you may wish to ask a friend or family member to plant the seeds in their garden. We will also be planting a small number of seeds in the hospice gardens on behalf of people who don’t have access to a garden.
We have chosen Verbena Bonariensis for our fundraising appeal. There are several varieties of Verbena that are related to the lavender family or that carry the lavender colour, and it was traditionally considered to have medicinal and healing properties. In fact, the ‘quiet room’ on our inpatient ward was named the ‘Verbena Room’ by the family of one of our patients as it is thought to have calming properties, ideal for a space to relax.
The variety Verbena Bonariensis is currently enjoying a resurgence in popularity in the UK. It produces long-lasting purple blooms on upright, branching stems. This variety is easy to grow from seed in the British climate and its flowers are very attractive to butterflies. The seeds can be sown directly in the ground in the spring after the last frost and will flower from July to October. Its long flowering season makes it ideal for low-maintenance gardens. If left, it will self-seed freely and naturalise in borders.
Once the flowers come into bloom later this summer, we will ask supporters to send us a photo of their flowers to add to our website. Everyone will be able to view the online gallery and see all the dedications to those special people we are celebrating with our beautiful floral display. 
You can take part in the appeal whether or not you have a link to the hospice, and you can dedicate your flowers in memory of a loved one whether you’ve been bereaved recently or some time ago. 
We’ll be updating supporters about the appeal in April. If you’d like to receive information about the appeal please register your interest by contacting us here. Thank you.