Monk's garden

A contemporary design of a medieval garden in three parts

Monastery gardens were cultivated for multiple purposes; a method of providing food, herbs, fruit and vegetables - for reflection, as well as for medicinal and cultural uses. A monk's garden enriched their way of life.

Sensory Garden
Scents that fill the air and can be smelt without touching the plant. Hops, Roses, Honeysuckle. Sensory plants you need to get up close too, to smell the scent Violet, primrose and some Narcissus. Those you will need to pinch or crush in your hand Peppermint, Apple mint, Lemon thyme, Camomile and scented Geranium. Plants for Sensory garden Pathways, Plant fragrant plants like rosemary, lavender, honeysuckle, sweet alyssum, lemon balm, mint, and sweet peas along paths and entrances where they can be fully appreciated.

Contemplative Garden
The typical abbey cloister or contemplative space was very important in monastic life. The garden symbolised a sacred space of personal growth and spiritual tradition as well as a sense of order and perfection in worldly and spiritual realms. It provides a place of retreat and contemplation, to gaze upon the sculptural elements that provide a central focus.

Productive Garden
In most monasteries, garden work is revered as sacred. The lives and writings of those early monks and nuns are full of stories showing them to be efficient and avid gardeners. In practice, this means monks must work hard cultivating their vegetables and herb gardens, and caring for their orchards, always mindful that they must produce sufficient food for the monastic table.