Tour the Christian Gardens
the World Service as we visit two contrasting Christian
gardens; an old monastic garden near Shrewsbury
Abbey and another modern garden with healing properties
Nothing in the monastic garden is accidental each element
of the design has significance. For example, the flowers were
chosen because they have an association with particular saints
or with the Virgin Mary or with some element of Christ's passion.
The layout and positioning of elements in the garden is important.
There's a theological design underpinning the garden. Sacred
features are found to the south and east, practical to the
west and the north.
The monastic garden was a practical place where the needy
came for food and the sick for herbal cures.
By using their skills the monks were able to continue Christ's
The monastery garden even touched the scriptorium where the
monks painstakingly copied religious texts. Many of the dyes
used in their illuminated manuscripts were extracted from
plants in the garden.
The tradition of Christian ministry is being continued
in a modern day garden run by Anglican priest, Evelyn Davies.
This peaceful garden is part of a day hospice. Here
terminally ill patients can reflect upon death and resurrection
and the continuous cycle of life. Many leave with a renewed
sense of hope for the future.
| BUDDHIST | CHRISTIAN
further information visit:
Guide to Christianity