The Quiet Garden

Walk behind high yew hedges beyond the well pools and past a colour garden representing the stained glass window in the Lady Chapel of Wells Cathedral and you will discover The Garden of Reflection. In contrast to the rest of the Palace gardens this is a modern and contemporary garden. It was opened in 2013, replacing a former derelict space and kitchen gardens, and was the inspiration of Bishop Peter Price and his wife Dee.

Within this peaceful space you can rest a moment on the sweeping 40ft stone seat and take in the contemporary and restful planting of grasses and perennials, the peaceful glade of eighty-five silver birches underplanted with wildflowers and the striking, sculptural poustinia rising up 9 feet high. This is a space for quietness and contemplation and a guiding principle for this garden was summed up in the biblical text: “in returning and rest you shall be saved and in quietness and trust find strength.”   (Isaiah 30:15)

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