"Beautiful and spiritual monastery garden" Steingaden Things to Do Tip by Trekki
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The most charming part of Steingaden in my opinion is the monastery garden. It was created in 2008, by the locals and the school kids and kinder garden kids, lead by the local fruit and garden association (something like the horticultural society). It is not only charming but also very much spiritual in there. Plants and plant groups look as if all are arranged incidentally but I am sure they are not. An excellent description of the garden is on the website I have linked in the website section below, but apart from that I didn?t find anything in English, so I take the freedom to roughly ?translate?:
The garden has been built on the four pillars of monastic garden concepts: healing, feeding, spirituality, leisure. The inscription on the old wooden bar at the wall to the church ground says ?What God lets grow from earth shall be collected here?. This wooden bar is several centuries old and once hung above a barn nearby.
Based on the ideas of Hildegard of Bingen the garden was built on a holistic concept, not only considering man and body and soul but also man in connection to the above all trinity of God, man and creation. Or to show the spirituality in creation and how we all can learn and profit from it by reflecting that we are all part of it and will never be able to just ?rule? the world and nature.
The garden has several theme related parts:
? Healing and wild herbs from the meadows,
? Herbs that grow in the gardens,
? Monastic herbal garden
? Wet meadow,
? Farmers? gardens,
? Plants described in the bible,
? Rock garden (because Steingaden means rock garden :-),
? Decay ? extinction ? change ? new life: in context to compost
? A labyrinth as the spiritual centre.
Each herbal plant, symbol plant and agricultural plant has a description plate, often handmade from clay, with information about its healing or feeding properties and about its spiritual character, e.g. which saint the plant is being attributed to. The ones in the monastic garden part are particularly described in detail: flowering time, which plant parts have which healing properties etc.
The garden is open during the same time church and church grounds are open. I really enjoyed my stay there. It was a very quiet spot in these early October days. What I especially liked were the many little art objects inside, made by the local kids, like wind chimes and other decoration objects.
More photos in my Monastery Garden travelogue.
Location of Monastery Garden on Google Maps.
© Ingrid D., October 2011 (So please do not copy my text or photos without my permission.)
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