slightly rising enclosure lies the splendid terraced
garden and in its unobtrusively divided entity
provides an oasis of peace and tranquility.
The garden was originally laid down in 1810, becoming
known as a historical farm-garden, although it was
bisected by a carriage driveway. As from 1957 it
became a kitchen-garden, when a wine-cellar was
covered over with a meter deep layer of topsoil.
In its present form, the garden contains a section
of natural woodland where the hedgehog and the marten
feel at home, as well as numerous naturally-growing
thickets which offer welcome cover to the many small
birds that nest there. A small pond with a natural
water supply gives sanctuary to water plants and
small aquatic creatures. There are water-lilies
which produce daily new, fascinating blossoms; large,
old trees; overall wild, flowering plants; a rockery
on a section of dry stone-walling and behind that
a herb and medicinal garden with over 120 varieties
of plants laid out in the concept of the holy Hildegard
of Bingen, a nun of the 12th century who became
famous for her work in this sphere.
Orb has, through her dedicated renovation work,
used the old, existing structure and perspectives
to re-create the historical garden of 1810, combining
with it the family garden and the reincarnation
of the access path following its original steeply
inclining route to the rear of the walled property.
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