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Buckfast Abbey Millennium Show Garden

Buckfast Abbey celebrates its millennium year in 2018, a thousand years of having a monastery on the site. It has opened up a host of creative opportunities for the Garden Department.

The Garden Department are planting bulbs, running courses for adults and children, planting new schemes and conducting garden tours. There are so many things going on here and this is just one of our ways to celebrate the 1,000 years of beauty and tranquillity here at Buckfast Abbey - our vision for a reflective and beautiful garden for all to enjoy.

The Millennium Show Garden

Designed by Maia Hall and supported by Head Gardener Aaron Southgate, to represent the view looking out from the monastery window, catching site of the magnificent stag through the silver birches. Featuring a central arched window framing the stag drinking from the pool - a representation of the Abbey’s logo.

Naturalistic planting, sculptural stumps and the use of logs to create a rustic wall all reflect the lifecycle in our adjacent woodlands. The balance of life and death, creativity and growth are all represented by the interweaving of planting and deadwood structures. This is accentuated by the sinuous deadwood branches used to cap the log wall.
We aim to show how the formality and beauty of religion live in harmony with the beautiful valley the monks have chosen to inhabit. The meandering silvery pathway is reminiscent of a river bed or holy walk. The log seating is for quiet reflection, meditation and prayer.
Clipped hornbeam hedges define the garden space. Our colour scheme is strictly green and white with touches of blue to enhance the tranquil ambience. The Buckfast Abbey Millennium Show Garden is about balance, space, peacefulness, rejuvenation and authenticity. 

For more on the Buckfast Millennium Show Garden, please see the RHS Malvern website >>HERE<<

About Buckfast Abbey Gardens

At Buckfast Abbey we are nestled into the Devon countryside and treat it with care and integrity as custodians of the future. We follow an organic and ecologically sensitive policy on the gardens.
We create our own compost, mulch-mow our lawns for self feeding, make compost tea and use biological approaches to pest control.
All these are ways to enhance and preserve our natural environment for the glory of the Creator, for mankind and the future.
Aaron, the head gardener, conducts tours of the Abbey grounds and is available to give talks about this ethos and approach.

Telephone: 01364 645507
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