Following a family berevement, Alan meets the Dalai Lama and visits Japanests gardens in Kyoto in a search for meaning and purpose. Following the Zen Buddhist idea of Zazen (just sitting) in nature, he becomes inspired to create his own meditation garden in Bonsall, Matlock, Derbyshire.
Cascades Gardens is a 4 acre public garden situated in Bonsall, Derbyshire. It is famous for its double hellebores and rare exotic plants of the world. Open between May and September, Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays between 10am and 5pm.
This is a section from BBC East Midlands Today that was recorded at Cascades Gardens. The section presented by Martin Fish and John Stirland traced the flow of water from pond and stream, and canal and mill race to the ruined corn mill which originated from 1750. They highlighted all the planting opportunities that this gave owners Alan and Elizabeth Clements. Using radio microphones they were also able to simultaneously present from different ends of the garden, including the valley of the garden and along the top of the 80 foot cliff!
Alan Clements, owner of The Meditation Garden, part of the stunning Cascades House and Gardens, located in Bonsall, Derbyshire, UK, explains in this short interview with Andy Twigge from BBC Radio Derby, the origins of inspiration for the Meditation Gardens, inspired by a audacious trip to ask the Dalai Lama the meaning of life, and a trip to visit the temple gardens of Japan. You can stay at Cascades in the beautiful house and the Gardens are open to visitors most of the year round.