A 1hr talk that explores our interest in gardening and the deeper satisfaction that we can get from creating our own special natural sacred space. Alan shares his own spiritual journey as his garden, Cascades Gardens, has developed over the years. Briefly reviewing “paradise gardens” and his travels to Tibet...
Cascades Gardens has always been a great source of peace of mind and mental wellbeing. Alan traces his and his family's struggle with health and how much the garden has helped healing and recouperation. Gardening has helped with stress reduction, mental health, lower blood pressure and fitness.
Alan describes how at an early age he became in awe of nature, and describes his travels in India and Tibet. He outlines his search for life's purpose by a visit to the Dalai Lama. He talks about how gardens can be good for our health and how it teaches us about birth, death and renewal. He describes his visit to Japanese gardens and learning Zen meditation. He finally talks about his own spiritual awakening from discovering the laws of quantum physics.
Listed by the Daily Mail newspaper in April 2019 as one of their top 10 most inspiring spring gardens in Britain, here is what it looks like in early April 2020. Following heavy rain over the winter, all our waterfalls and strems are in full flow. We've had a great helibore season in March, and now the garden is full the yellow blossom of Forsythia and Daffodils. There are great views from the new walkway created last summer on the hillside. Even our cat Jake is enoying the sunshine!
Following a family berevement, Alan meets the Dalai Lama and visits Japanests gardens in Kyoto in a search for meaning and purpose. Following the Zen Buddhist idea of Zazen (just sitting) in nature, he becomes inspired to create his own meditation garden in Bonsall, Matlock, Derbyshire.
Cascades Gardens is a 4 acre public garden situated in Bonsall, Derbyshire. It is famous for its double hellebores and rare exotic plants of the world. Open between May and September, Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays between 10am and 5pm.
This is a section from BBC East Midlands Today that was recorded at Cascades Gardens. The section presented by Martin Fish and John Stirland traced the flow of water from pond and stream, and canal and mill race to the ruined corn mill which originated from 1750. They highlighted all the planting opportunities that this gave owners Alan and Elizabeth Clements. Using radio microphones they were also able to simultaneously present from different ends of the garden, including the valley of the garden and along the top of the 80 foot cliff!