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the walled garden

The walled garden area of Tŷ Croeso has been cultivated since the twelfth century when the land was part of the original Cistercian monastery. Latterly it has been used for growing fruit and vegetables for the main house.

When the Pastoral Centre was opened in 2004 it was decided that the garden at Tŷ Croeso should reflect the peace and tranquillity which resides in the centre itself. We have created a simple walkway which surrounds the orchard. It allows residents to walk slowly around the garden and stop as they wish. A bower has been built and benches have been placed in strategic areas for prayer or quiet reflection. The cultivated beds are stocked with a mixture of evergreen plants and flowers. We are trying to link ages past and present in our use of roses and herbs as well as imported plants such as Japanese azaleas and acers.

At the bottom of the garden we have constructed a prayer corner using some of the stone slabs and bricks found in various parts of the grounds.
We have just completed the building of our labyrinth which can be used by individuals and groups for prayer, sacred dance and meditation. The use of labyrinths dates back thousands of years and we feel it adds greatly to the spiritual ambience of the centre.

To find out more about the walled garden, click on the following links:

Read how the garden evolved

View a variety of photographs in our garden gallery

Contact Sr. Anna and the garden team if you have any further questions

On a final note, we invite you to make this garden as much a part of your stay here as you wish. Please feel free to smell the flowers, pick some lavender, walk the paths or just sit at your leisure. We hope you leave feeling refreshed and renewed.