This garden, with its central well surrounded by symmetrical beds, is inspired by monks' gardens from medieval times. It displays a selection of aromatic, medicinal, vegetable, dye and textile plants.
Monastic gardens conducive to meditation
Starting in the 7th century, gardens became an important part of monastery life. Next to the flower gardens, where monks would go to relax and meditate, would be useful plant gardens: vegetable garden, the orchard and the medicinal plant garden. Square or rectangular enclosures, with beds neatly marked off and aligned, symbolize the ideal of order in opposition to the chaos of the outside world.
In the centre of the garden, a fountain or well evokes the purifying power of baptism and is used to water the plants.