There is something so captivating about the broken terracotta pots scattered, and shattered artfully outside of the garden greenhouse at Kylemore Abbey.
Some may walk by these broken pots, and not realize the story they once contained. The fractured vessel represents a growth that could no longer be contained, one that slowly introduced itself to me as I wandered through the rest of the garden. The time and care it takes to curate this growth is not only visually pleasing, it is nourishment for the soul both spiritually and physically. The vegetables and herbs planted here are all used in the delightful menu at the café and tearoom located in the gardens.
Positioned at the foot of Connemara National Park in the county of Galway, Ireland the gardens are part of the beautiful landscape of Kylemore Abbey. The years of the castle’s history speak stories of romance and tragedy. Originally a castle built in 1867 by 1920 it became home to Ireland’s only Benedictine community of nuns. If walls could talk… they would whisper you’re not alone in this world that battles with spiritual identity. The life represented in the garden through each season of time is a beautiful reminder of our own seasons of breaking beyond what contains us, and to prune what is holding us back while we begin to take root in the larger landscape of where we are planted.
As I began my journey beyond the broken containers and into the garden, a light mist of rain began falling, giving nourishment to the plants, and to me. The air was filled with the fresh aroma of peat. The rich soil is also formed into briquettes used for fire logs. I became lost in the visual delight of each corner of this trek behind the garden walls, while trying to capture this moment before it escaped.
The images will speak this story into completion. My garden trail ended enjoying the magnificent view of Connemara National Park while sipping a cup of tea made from the herbs grown in the beautiful Victorian Walled Garden. Even typing about this journey falls short of the spiritual connect I found here. Enjoy!