THINKING OF PEACE GARDEN
This Chelsea Flower Show garden is the first in the series of Show Gardens inspired by the sayings of prominent people about Peace.
This garden is inspired by the Gautama Buddha expression: 'Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.'
'Thinking of Peace' is a live garden open to everyone, place of contemplation and oneness with nature. Everyone can find something for themselves in this garden, something unique, attractive, deep, useful...
This garden has a reflective pool. Within the pool there is a perfect square filled with flowers; and a tree that stands in the middle of the square. The tree - Cydonia oblonga (Quince) – is echoed in the mirror pool surrounding the garden. There are four different planting combinations within the square, each intended to reveal what peace might feel like: gentle, benevolent, joyful and stable.
The garden is the place where one can experience calm, feel free, happy and protected yet open to all possibilities. It would be good if everyone had a place where one can come, rest and think before moving forward with their lives.
A ‘Life Compass’ is inbuilt around the square, with defining guides helping one to find a way out of a difficult situation.
As the backdrop to the plants there is the ‘Rain of Weightless Happiness’ water feature, outlined with the white frame. The water droplets are held delicately in the air on transparent strings. The droplets catch the light and sparkle in the sun.