Welcome to the capital of Scotland’s Secret Garden


Dr.Neil’s Garden, Duddingston, Edinburgh

view towards loch

The peace of wild things

When despair for the world grows in me

and I wake in the night at the least sound

in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be,

I go and lie down where the wood drake

rests on the beauty of the water and the great heron feeds.

I come into the peace of wild things

who do not tax their lives with forethought

of grief. I come into the presence of still water.

And I feel above me the day-blind stars

waiting for their light. For a time

I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.

From selected poems by Wendell Berry

Dr. Neil’s Garden lies next to the 12th century Duddingston Kirk (church) where the lower slopes of Arthur’s Seat meet the Duddingston’s Loch.

I love the layers of stone walls and paths that give structure to the garden
bridge and steps overlooking loch
I love the way the trees and shrubs frame the view of Duddingston Loch
Wendell Berry’s poetry perfectly captures the spirit of this peaceful and meditative space
The masterful placement of benches at different levels  show multiple viewpoints
Birds and wildlife are an integral part of the landscape


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