All this is relies on help of volunteers and visitors are welcome to participate with all the usual seasonal activities, whether it is mowing the lawns, stacking compost or simply a spot of weeding. If you are interested in learning more about horticulture in depth, follow the links below for information on courses. You can also contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Samye Ling Garden produces organically grown food for the Centre, the local community and visitors. We try to keep the garden a pleasant place to work and relax but the plot is based on maximizing yields and a wide selection of fruit, and vegetables are grown. The main crop vegetables are potatoes, leeks, beans and peas, turnips, beetroot, salads, chard and marrows. Inside the large green house there is an established grape vine that trails over the arches of the roof and reliably produces 500 bunches of black desert grapes each year. Underneath are beds of tomatoes and cucumbers, peppers, garlic and herbs. There is also a fig tree, a nectarine and an apricot. In the peach house is a ten year old tree trained along the roof trusses which produces beautiful blossom and dozens of fruits each year. This greenhouse also has beds of parsley and basil, and will eventually lead into the new workshop which is under construction.
For years the gardens have provided fresh herbs for the kitchen and medicinal plants for use in traditional preparations. These include apple mint, peppermint, marjoram, lemon balm, sage, thyme, vervain, elecampane, valerian, sweet cicely, lavender, borage, St John's wort, yarrow, comfrey, chives, sorrel, chamomile and calendula.
Our herbs are hand-picked and dried each summer under the supervision of qualified herbalists and there is a range of teas, ointments and lotions available in the shop.
New Workshop Greenhouse
The Green Tara Medicinal Herb Garden
The Green Tara Garden for medicinal herbs has been designed by Dr. Akong Tulku Rinpoche and is located in the meadow towards the old farm. Viewed from above this will be a 20 petal lotus flower built in mortared stone with a diameter of some 30 yards. The magnificent 15 feet high statue of Green Tara at the centre of the garden has been finished and the first quarter section is being conditioned to be made into beds for herbs.
Our courses are lead by Tony Freck, an experienced and knowledgeable tutor with over twenty years experience in production horticulture. Courses consist largely of practical work to give you the hands-on experience of traditional organic methods, with time to go over the theory, and handouts to take home.
We offer a variety of courses: