Spiral

Spiral

The Old Knot Garden

Professor Deryn Watson has chosen to adopt an image of the Garden Museum’s Knot Garden designed by Dowager Marchioness Salisbury in 1984.

‘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.'

 


 
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