Bible Society: The Psalm 23 Garden

Sanctuary Gardens

In more detail

  • Native plants such as polypody ferns (Polypodium vulgare), hawthorn and guelder rose (Viburnum opulus) enhance the countryside feel of this garden
  • Huge granite boulders make a striking statement – and look out for the sign of a rabbit's visit, which adds a humorous yet realistic touch

About the garden

Psalm 23, ‘The Lord is my Shepherd’, could have been written for us as we live through the Coronavirus pandemic. Its message is one of hope, encouragement and solace. Sarah Eberle’s interpretation of it is a garden that offers a place to breathe, re-engage with nature, and feel mentally, physically and spiritually restored.

The garden is inspired by the landscape of Dartmoor, where Sarah grew up, and takes the form of a place of sanctuary, a haven. It draws you in and allows you to spend time with the soothing character of the landscape. It reflects both the journey and the destination found in Psalm 23.

At RHS Chelsea Flower Show we mark the launch of a nationwide campaign to see community gardens created and inspired by the Psalm 23 Garden. This will be an opportunity for us to come together, as pandemic conditions ease, to create shared, beautiful spaces that reflect the insights and themes of the psalm, and offer places of restoration and sanctuary for the future.

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