Making Way for the New

If you’ve visited my garden you’ll remember the beautiful Coral Bark maple (Acer palmatum ‘Sango Kaku’) that has delighted us for 25 years. I loved the way the red tips […]

Contemplative Afternoon

April 19th 2018.  A perfect day.  After the endless winter summer has suddenly arrived.  It’s a Contemplative Garden afternoon when I invite people to come to my garden and just […]

My Own Garden

My own garden has evolved over twenty five years.  There are a number of areas, each with its own character, in which to sit contemplatively at varying times of the […]

Natural Swimming Pond

Some clients requested “A little piece of paradise”. They wanted something which looks beautiful where they can swim and entertain their large family. This garden was featured in the Financial […]

Reclaimed Cottage Garden

This original Tudor cottage has been renovated and extended but badly needed an appropriate setting to show how pretty it really is. The garden was built entirely from reclaimed materials […]

A Feat of Imagination

A Feat of Imagination There is a cedar tree in the grounds of Madingley Hall near Cambridge. It was probably planted as a small sapling when Capability Brown redesigned the […]

Let it be a Garden

unopened into light
the rose gathering her warmth
to sun the silence and to still
this step we bring inside -
our loudness and our doubt;
to down the noise of all our talk
and be inside a quiet for a time,
to learn what quiet means and heals -
to take it back at last outside
and break small pieces for the ones
who have not heard or held
what gift was ours

This poem by Kenneth Steven from his new anthology 'Letting in the Light' expresses for me the purpose of the Contemplative Garden. I've been opening my garden for a couple of years now so people can slow down and 'be inside a quiet for a time'. I like to believe that as the poem suggests we can absorb the refreshment that comes from connection with the other than human world and take it back outside to share with others.