Gardener and Psychotherapist
I grew up in a family of keen gardeners, starting with my great grandmother who was still gardening two acres in her mid 80s.
During the early 1990s I spent four month in Kyoto, Japan. The experience had a profound impact on me. My gardening style is very much influenced by the cloistered temple gardens of Japan with their merging of inside and out. Where the garden is a space for reflection and meditation.
When I moved to Field House the beautiful glass and brick extension by Adams + Collingwood had recently been completed. The garden remained untouched and provided a perfect blank canvass. Given the rectangular shape of the garden I opted for a paradise garden to complement the modern extension.
The 'Chahar Bagh' or paradise garden has a pool at its centre with four water channels flowing in the cardinal directions. The design and layout is often attributed to the description of paradise in the Koran.
As a psychotherapist I am interested in the healing properties of gardens and the idea of sanctuary space. I try to create the same sense of openness in my psychotherapy practice.