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Please can you donate some plants?

Hi everybody in the Manchester and Greater Manchester Area,

We are a group of volunteers who are looking for plant donations for a memorial garden for 5 yr old Luca Giovannini.

The memorial garden will be at his school in Timperley.

With us volunteering our time for this project, the budget is very limited. We are looking for plants that are child friendly (e.g. no roses) and that will bring colour all year round. For example, dahlia, hardy geraniums, fuchsias, lavender, hellebores, snowdrops, ivy, Lungwort, any other perennials and evergreens.

The garden will be used by his classmates and future pupils of the school as a place to reflect and learn about plants and wildlife.

A little bit about Luca:
Five-year-old Luca Giovannini died within two days of an infection causing swelling to his brain. His parents agreed to donate the organs of their beloved son. The lives of two tots and two adults were transformed or saved by them receiving his organs.

Full story:
Local Newspaper:

Manchester Evening News:


Daily Mail:


If you have any other plant suggestions or questions, please let me know.

I hope some of you will be able to help.



Comments (8)

  1. Grower

    The GPS Team

    Best of luck with this Nadine. We have just tweeted it to our Twitter community as well.

  2. Grower


    Oh wonderful! Thank you!

  3. Grower

    Margaret Morris

    I have lots of pulmonaria (lungwort) and there could be purple toadflax which is very good for bees. How do I donate. I live in Chorlton.

  4. Grower


    Hi Margaret,

    Thank you very much! I will send you a private message and we can arrange for me to pick them up. The kids will love it.

  5. Grower

    Helene U Taylor

    Hi Nadine
    I live in London and have a good few small hellebore plants to donate, if you have anyone coming down my way please get in touch for a pick-up.
    I wish you good luck with your project!

  6. Grower


    Hi Helen and Alya,

    Apologies for the late reply. I met up with the volunteering group yesterday and unfortunately, London is too far for us to get to. Your offers were appreciated though.



  7. Grower

    Ian Gibson

    Hi Nadine,

    I would gladly like to donate some plants, and have a nice selection of Fuchsias that I will gladly donate. Please private message me, and I'll arrange for some plugs to be posted to you so that you can get the children involved in potting them on, then planting them out. I am guessing you would prefer Hardy plants which is no problem at all, just let me know what you'd like and I'll arrange for them to be posted onto you.


  8. Grower


    Hi Ian, private message on its way. Thank you!

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