Erskine has been charity partner of the Ideal Home Show Scotland for six years with this years’ show garden ‘Under the White Cross’ celebrating the beginnings of Erskine Hospital. The garden celebrates and recognises the vital work of Erskine, and their response to meeting the needs of amputees returning home from the battlefields of WW1.
Erskine, then known as the Princess Louise Scottish Hospital for Limbless Sailors and Soldiers, first opened its doors in October 1916. Located in Erskine House, Renfrewshire (now Mar Hall Hotel) and surrounded by landscaped gardens, the hospital included wards; an operating theatre and recreation areas. In 1917 the hospital officially opened as did workshops for the manufacture of limbs for patients. By the end of the First World War over 3,450 men had been admitted with 2,697 wounded ex-servicemen fitted with artificial limbs.
The Ideal Show Garden is always designed by Erskine and part of this feature is the Erskine Plant Market, filled with a selection of stunning hanging baskets, plants and shrubbery to purchase with all proceeds supporting Erskine veterans.