The Health and Wellbeing Garden

Lifestyle Gardens

Did you know:

  • Wellbeing is embraced in the medicinal, herbal and fragrant planting scheme that incorporates sage, Alchemilla, Ammi and fennel
  • A modern interpretation of a chamomile seat provides a deliciously scented place to rest while immersed in this gently meditative garden
  • Four multi-stemmed trees have a deliberately low canopy, while around them the planting rises to meet the lower branches creating a gently enveloping space

About the garden

This is a garden designed to encourage deep thinking via a continuous path with no start or end point. The  visitor moves through the space, which is defined by motion rather than walls, without a destination. The aim of the garden is to slow one’s pace and mind and encourage a sense of being in the moment.

Along the path one can appreciate the filigree forms of umbellifers and gossamer fennel leaves. Awareness of subtleties such as plant movement in a breeze and petals backlit by the sun are heightened.

The layout of the garden is denominated by the path’s route, which loops and circles to contain a circular water trough and round of thyme. Hazy structure is provided by plants such as ammi and valerian while creeping thyme and camomile feature as delicately scented low-growing elements.

Thanks also to Jill Berelowitz.

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