Paul Studholme discovered the garden, formerly a Victorian walled garden, in 2006. Despite it being derelict and overgrown, he had a vision of what it could be. A place of beauty with a simple purpose: to encourage people to think more about the power of nature and inspire them to create a bit of ‘good medicine’ in their own gardens and homes.
The main garden design is based on an eight-pointed compass or wheel design, one that can be found in wisdom traditions across the world. Each direction highlights an important quality that we can creatively bring into our gardens and therefore our lives.
To explore these directions take a walk around the garden and read the plaques under each of the trees. Good Medicine Wish Sticks are available for you to plant your intents. Simply write a wish on the stick for you or a loved one and then plant into the garden at whichever direction you feel is most appropriate.
There is also a children’s play area, geodesic dome, vegetable patch and decked seating areas on which to eat, drink and relax. Future plans include a central water feature and plants to attract more wildlife. Originally there was an incredible glass vine house stretching some 80 metres along the main wall. Sadly all we have to remind ourselves of this is a photograph from 1895. Our hope is to re-build this fantastic structure as a focal point for the garden.
WHAT IS THE MEDICINE WHEEL?
At the heart of the vision, The Medicine Garden is:
Providing an educational facility for children and adults to learn about the seasons and the magic of plants.
Creating an oxygen-enriched space illustrating the vital role plants play in our survival and well-being.
Reconnecting us to the natural rhythms and cycles of the seasons.
Encouraging and supporting a mini eco-system of insects and other wildlife.
Restoring this historic site and creating a beautiful place of harmony and balance for the local community.