The Church Garden 

The Medieval Sensory Garden outside the Galilee Chapel

The Galilee Garden was planted shortly after the opening of the Galilee chapel in 2014, with a selection of aromatic plants which would have been familiar to our ancestors when Illtud first set foot on this site.

Following 2020's lockdown, the garden became overgrown, but hs been rescued in 2021 by Rebecca.

The initial weeding of the medieval garden revealed that the entire bed is infested with couch grass and other persistent weeds. In the spirit of old-school techniques, though, no spraying has been done. The plan is to keep digging out the grasses and keep putting in more vigorous native and old-fashioned flowering plants to compete with it and eventually defeat it. Fingers crossed.

Over the winter (2021-22), a Helleborus niger (Christmas rose) has gone in. We've also purchased a lot of seed which is being sown in trays over the next few weeks and will be potted on before planting out in the late spring. The hope is that the seeds will germinate well and that we will have plenty of surplus plants that we can sell for church funds during the summer.

The seeds chosen are all known to have been grown medicinally in physic gardens in medieval times and will hopefully thrive in the free-draining and quite sunny conditions. They are: Verbena officianalis (Vervain); Tanacetum parthenium (Feverfew); Salvia sclarea (Clary sage); Ruta graveolens (Rue); Hyssopus officianalis (Hyssop); Hypericum perforatum (St John's-wort); Filipendula ulmaria (Meadowsweet); Dianthus deltoides (Maiden pink); Chamaemelum nobile (Chamomile); Anethum graveolens (Dill). 

So, along with the existing thyme, marjoram, lemon balm, mint, rose, bay, irises, sage, borage, poppies, marigolds and mallow, with luck we will have a decent spread of flowers and scent in a few months' time.