Earlier this week, I spent a simply delightful afternoon in the company of Jo Malone London and Scottish mental health charity SAMH at a garden tea party in SAMH’s 18th-century garden in Edinburgh.

The event was to celebrate the opening of the Jo Malone-funded herb garden and roundhouse at SAMH’s Redhall Walled Garden. SAMH helps sufferers of mental ill health to gain confidence, socialise and learn new skills through working as a volunteer trainee gardener. The trainee gardeners are so dedicated to their important work of keeping the space beautiful.

I particularly loved the many hidden benches, offering spectacular views and spectacular smells. The garden is open to the public, and it’s well worth a visit.

We were treated to the most amazing afternoon tea spread by Glasgow’s Three Sisters Bake, with delights including mini victoria sponges, iced lime and courgette cake and chocolate brownies. If it had been in my own garden, I could easily have eaten myself into a sugar coma; but this was in public, so a little decorum was called for!

We also had a relaxing hand and arm massage with some of the scents that Jo Malone use the herbs in. I had Jasmine & Mint layered with Blackberry & Bay, and the smells lingered for a long time. Then, afterwards, we got to take home a lovely potted Lavender plant, along with a gorgeous Jasmine & Mint candle.

If you want to support the work of SAMH’s Redhall Walled Garden and the other gardens in Jo Malone’s Urban Community Garden Project, you can purchase a Rose & Rosemary candle, and Jo Malone will donate the full price of £45 to the project.

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By Laura Pearson-Smith