Thirty years ago a devastating family bereavement led garden owner Alan Clements on a journey of discovery. He visited Japan, learned about Zen meditation and met the Dalai Lama, returning to England with a totally different understanding of what gardens are all about. Originally, he had planned a quiet corner in which to find peace and to remind himself of the principles of Buddhism that he’d learned but over the years he has transformed an old quarry into a haven of tranquillity that is now enjoyed by visitors of all ages.
Join Alan now at the Cascades Garden in Matlock, Derbyshire and discover how he overcame bereavement and serious injury with the help of his garden.
A closer look…
This fascinating four acres of peace is set in spectacular natural surroundings with woodland, cliffs, stream, pond and a ruined corn mill. Inspired by Japanese gardens and Buddhist philosophy, secluded garden rooms have been created for relaxation and reflection, with water gently, soothingly, flowing through.
The beautiful landscape is planted with a wide collection of unusual perennials, conifers, shrubs and trees. You can visit on one of the National Garden Scheme open days or spend a little more time and stay at the B&B in the elegant Victorian house. To find out more click here
You can read Alan’s blog here
Cascades Garden is one of a number of National Garden Scheme gardens that also offer B&B. You can explore them all here
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