A ‘Psalm 23 Garden’ is being launched at Chelsea Flower Show in May 2020 by the Bible Society to inspire the creation of new community gardens.
The Psalm 23 Garden, designed by multi-award-winning designer Sarah Eberle (pictured right), brings the famous text of ‘The Lord is my Shepherd’ to life. With references to ‘green pastures’, ‘still waters’ and a homecoming at the end of a journey, Sarah’s design conveys the well-known biblical text.
“I want to engage people’s emotions,’ says Sarah. ‘It will stop people in their tracks and make them look. The psalm is quite clear in its description of landscape,’ she adds. ‘Most people can understand that and get their own interpretation out of it. It’s relevant whether you are a churchgoer or not. That’s nice. It makes you think about it.”
After the Chelsea Flower Show the Bible Society hopes that communities, churches and schools across the country will be inspired to create their own Psalm 23-based gardens in all kinds of places: church grounds, community plots, disused plots of land, unused school outdoor areas. Resources to support those inspired will be available on the psalm23garden.co.uk website.
We in the Quiet Garden Movement are delighted that this new garden will be inspiring and resourcing people to create new peaceful outdoor spaces in a variety of new settings. We hope many will be excited about connecting with the Quiet Garden Movement and explore affiliating as Quiet Gardens too!
After the Show, the Psalm 23 Garden will find a new home at Winchester Hospice in Hampshire, which is set to open during 2020. More details will be at psalm23garden.co.uk.