Escape to a quiet garden
by Kate Tebby
Spending time in a beautiful garden can be food for the soul. Sue Armstrong from Prees loves her quiet garden and she shares it as part of the Quiet Garden movement.
In an increasingly busy and noisy world, the Quiet Garden movement is celebrating more than a decade of providing a chance for peace, reflection and 'appreciation of beauty'. There's a chance to experience all this and more at three associated Shropshire gardens in Lyth Bank, Ludlow and Prees.
Ordained minister Sue Armstrong lives at the aromatically named Tarragon Cottage in Prees, where she spends hours tending her garden. She finds the time uplifting and refreshing: "it gives me the opportunity to reflect... to praise God".
Sue has fragrant and colourful flower beds. There's a tiny wild meadow and a raised kitchen garden where she grows peas, lettuces and rhubarb. And there are seats in various corners offering, as Sue describes it, "the opportunity to meditate, to get yourself away from the stresses and worries of life."
The Quiet Garden Trust was set up in 1992 by Reverend Philip Roderick who describes himself as a "recovering hyperactivist" who knows his own need for beauty and stillness: "without silence and solitude we can't have insight."
Today there are many gardens affiliated to the Quiet Garden Movement in Britain and around the world. Some are tiny and some are large. Some are privately owned, some are in churches or retreats and some are in inner cities. They're open to people of all faiths or none, for stillness and reflection.
When Sue Armstrong heard about the Trust she decided to join: "perhaps other people would appreciate... a bit of time for themselves."
To learn more about Shropshire's quiet gardens and how you can visit them, visit the website.
last updated: 27/06/2008 at 16:30