Ikebana 

Ikebana Ikebana (生け花, 活け花, “arranging flowers” or “making flowers alive”) is the Japanese art of flower arrangement. It is also known as Kadō (華道, “way of flowers”). The tradition dates back to Heian period, when floral offerings were made at altars. Later, flower arrangements were instead used to adorn the...

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Suiseki, Rocks, Fossils and Lead mine

Suiseki, Rocks, Fossils and Lead mine In traditional Japanese culture, suiseki are small naturally occurring or shaped rocks which are appreciated for their aesthetic or decorative value. They are similar to Chinese scholar’s rocks. Interest in the subject often begins through an interest in bonsai.  Stones displayed with trees, carved stones or...

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Bonsai and Spirituality

The practice of pen sai (bonsai) was introduced to Japan in the 12th Century. They believed that cultivating miniature trees and planting them in containers was an art form which was meditative, reflective and a harmonious way to be at one with nature. The practice of Bonsai became encompassed in...

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Cascades Gardens Bonsai Centre – Matlock, Derbyshire

Cascades Gardens Bonsai Centre is based in Matlock, Derbyshire. Since discovering the meditative benefits of creating and tending bonsai trees and landscapes, we are now developing a Bonsai nursery at Cascades Gardens in Matlock, Derbyshire. We are aiming to help people wanting to learn about this intriguing and rewarding hobby...

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Cascades Summer Video

A mid July look at Cascades Gardens. Cliff top view, the japanese pot garden, and flower borders. The cascade flowing into the pond make a soothing sound in front of a statue of the Buddha. The perfect spot to meditate.

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Group Retreats

Retreats at Cascades- for group bookings Cascades House and Gardens offers an ideal place for small group retreats in Derbyshire. The offer A meditation garden that has taken 24 years to create from the site of an old quarry, corn mill, and cliff face and is in an ideal rural...

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Cascades Gardens: A Spiritual Journey

Alan describes how at an early age he became in awe of nature, and describes his travels in India and Tibet. He outlines his search for life’s purpose by a visit to the Dalai Lama. He talks about how gardens can be good for our health and how it teaches...

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Celebrating nature, gaining peace of mind

A review of Cascades Garden's origins. Visiting Japanese gardens and learning meditation. Discovering the importance of Nature which grounds us and gives a sence of harmony and balance. Gardens and gardening can give us peace of mind.

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Cascades Gardens April 2020

Alan Clements talks about the development of Cascades Gardens. Starting with a jungle, he outlines the introduction of Perennial flower borders, Hellebores, Conifer rockery and the gardens that inspired him.

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Cascades Gardens for Meditation and Wellbeing

Listed by the Daily Mail newspaper in April 2019 as one of their top 10 most inspiring spring gardens in Britain, here is what it looks like in early April 2020. Following heavy rain over the winter, all our waterfalls and strems are in full flow. We've had a great helibore season in March, and now the garden is full the yellow blossom of Forsythia and Daffodils. There are great views from the new walkway created last summer on the hillside. Even our cat Jake is enoying the sunshine!

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