Garden of the Monks

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!