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30 Jan 2019

The Garden of Contemplation

The Garden of Contemplation at Threave
Threave Garden & Estate has gained an inspiring new feature – the Garden of Contemplation – thanks to the generosity of donors to the Trust.
Footage courtesy of Keith Kirk Photographer

The Garden of Contemplation has been thoughtfully designed to provide a peaceful setting that evokes contemplation and reflection. It combines clever use of hard landscaping, planting and sculptural features and was created as a result of generous support from donors, both in the UK and especially the National Trust for Scotland Foundation USA.

The Garden of Contemplation on a wintry day
The Garden of Contemplation

Victoria Cummock is a Trustee of the Boston-based Foundation and also a member of the Trust’s Patron’s Club, which provides long-term support for conservation. She was inspired to support the project out of a love for Scotland.

Victoria was joined by representatives of the local area and the Trust to open the garden. The official opening took place in December last year.

Threave’s Garden of Contemplation seen from inside the pagoda
Threave’s Garden of Contemplation

The Trust’s Chairman, Sir Moir Lockhead OBE says: ‘This new garden provides the space to take time out of the endlessly busy present to meditate on past events, appreciate the natural environment of the present and practise mindfulness while wishing for a peaceful future. The ties between Scotland and the USA are unbreakable and we are enormously grateful to Victoria and our other friends in America for their profound generosity.’

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