Our Story

‘To nurture a garden is to feed not just the body, but the soul.’ Alfred Austin

In 2006 I came across a derelict Victorian walled garden in desperate need of repair and restoration. As I walked in, I was overwhelmed by the beauty and mystery of the site; from its formidable walls to the broken down and overgrown Victorian glasshouses. I instantly wanted to explore. It was like walking back in time.

With a background in horticulture, landscape gardening and a passion for period buildings, I started to imagine how it could be restored and brought back to life. This was the beginning of my quest and the start of a new era in the life and history of the garden.

In the years since, this initial idea has grown into a two-part vision: rebuilding a great garden and establishing a thriving community of people and small businesses in the adjacent courtyard.

The aim has always been to create a garden that combines ancient, traditional and modern thinking, so that people can re-connect with nature in ways that enable them to take a small piece of ‘good medicine’, or inspiration, away with them every time they visit. The courtyard is focused around a thriving community of small businesses, each of which express a different aspect of the overall theme of ‘Good Medicine’.

All of this would not have been possible without the support of The Medicine Garden team. They are the garden’s most valuable resource. A committed team with a clear purpose to care for the place and to communicate the ideas and explore the philosophy of The Medicine Garden in our everyday lives.

Thank you to them and also to you for your support.