´Grandma's Garden´ is set within the estate of Plas Dolguog Hotel, the gardens encompass mature and new planting, wildflowers and wildlife, sculptures and carvings, vistas and views with benches to enjoy them from.
In Spring the daffodils, snowdrops, bluebells and scented azaleas delight the senses. Fifty species of tree and shrub create a stunning arboretum. Small gardens designed to speak through the language of the senses with which we are each blessed include a garden of sound, scent, touch, a garden of sight and light and a children's enchanted garden. A stone circle, wildlife pond and many sculptures make the garden a unique and fascinating experience.
DIANA RHODES FROM GRANDMA'S GARDEN:
"Back in 1996, I set up the 'Seed of Life Peace Foundation' to organise a gathering of Native Americans who were coming to Plas Dolguog to perform a full-blown sun dance. People attending the gathering were asked to bring plants with them.
Unfortunately, the group of native Americans who were coming over had to cancel a matter of weeks before the gathering. I wrote and told people the news but most decided to come here anyway. One lady hitchhiked here from France with a six-year old child. Others came from Australia, Canada, the USA and across Europe.
During one of the gatherings, we decided to create a Seed of Life symbol using white stones and that now forms the focal point of the garden today.
Everyone who came was asked to bring a plant and as the garden grew and grew, we decided to create a Peace Garden. The philosophy of the garden was to create a place where people could come and just be. It has also been and will continue to be the catalyst for others around the world to create Peace Gardens, be they window boxes or large estates.
I also wrote to religious and world leaders as well as peace organisations asking for their support - among them, the Pope, the Dalai Lama, Prince Charles and Nelson Mandela. The aim was that their names would end up on a long scroll, now called the Peace Scroll, which is on display at Dolguog.
The name has since been changed from the 'Peace Garden' to 'Grandma's Garden', at the insistence of my grandchildren."
Diana Rhodes from Grandma's Garden
In the past four years Grandma's Garden has donated approximately £8,000 to local charity and worthy projects.