In Medieval times, monks designed beautiful gardens full of wonderful plants, from fruits and vegetables to eat, to herbs for medicinal purposes. These were places of beauty and order enclosed from a wild countryside. The gardens were typically arranged in parterres: flowerbeds edged in boxwood. Walkways would divide the parterres so that monks would have easy access to the edible plants, flowers and herbs. Typically, a fountain would grace the garden so the sound of water could soothe the senses and nourish a time of prayer. In Brittany, in Northern France, the garden of a 12th century Abbey has been lovingly reconstructed. The Irish gardener Rachel Darlington takes us on a refreshing visit of this Garden of the Monks. Enjoy!