The Old Knot Garden
‘Some years ago I left my office-desperate for some space in the middle of a hectic day', she writes, 'I turned to the embankment and paced upstream. As soon as I got to the Museum, I rushed in, bought a coffee and retreated to the enclosed garden. I was enchanted by the small formal garden with its box hedges, flowers and especially the ‘spiral’.
Normally I have papers or a book in my bag. In my rush, I had nothing. It was then that I began to learn the value just being in a ‘place’. Of doing nothing, just sitting and being, allowing thoughts to disappear, or get re-ordered.
That garden became for me a place of refuge, a sanctuary, during some very busy times. I now increasingly use gardens as a place to pause, to find a quiet corner and allow their magic to take over.'