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Monk’s garden

A contemporary design of a medieval garden

Monastery gardens were cultivated for multiple purposes; a method of providing food, herbs, fruit and vegetables - for refl ection, as well as for medicinal and cultural uses. A monk’s garden enriched the lives of those who lived, worked and visited at the Abbey. The Lesnes Monk’s garden will be set out as a series of three destinct spaces:

Sensory Garden Scents that fi ll the air and can be smelt without touching these plants.

Contemplative Garden The typical abbey cloister or contemplative space was very important in monastic life. The garden symbolised a sacred space of personal growth and spiritual tradition.

Productive Garden In most monasteries, garden work is revered as sacred. This in-turn enabled the Abbey to be nearly self-suffi cient in many food and medicines.

The community’s back garden...

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