“How wonderful to have permission to stop talking.” That was the encouraging response from a visitor to the Silent Space project, which began running in a handful of UK gardens this summer, writes Liz Ware.

Silently connecting with Nature can bring solace, inspiration and joy. That’s why, earlier this year, I approached several gardens that open to the public and asked them if they would try reserving an area where visitors could be quiet.

Philip Roderick, founder of The Quiet Garden Trust, points out: “We live in a world where we are swamped by methods of communication and yet we find ...


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