meditation garden, Bonsai Centre & luxury b&b in Derbyshire

Monday10:00 — 16:00
Tuesday10:00 — 16:00
Friday10:00 — 16:00
Saturday10:00 — 16:00
Sunday10:00 — 16:00
1 Oct - 28 FebClosed

Note: The Bonsai Centre and nursery is open everyday, including on Wednesdays & Thursdays. The garden is open for group visits on Wednesdays & Thursdays.

stay at our Bed and breakfast

group garden visits

alan’s talks and retreats

cascades gardens:
The Meditation Garden And Bonsai Centre

Inspired by Japanese gardens and Buddhist philosophy, Cascades Gardens is a celebration of Nature, a perfect place to find peace of mind, to relax and reflect.

Listed by the Daily Mail as one of Britain’s most inspiring Spring gardens and now an RHS Partner garden, Cascades is designed around a spectacular 4-acre landscape in an old quarry, with a ruined corn mill, mill race, cliff and stream. Every season brings new surprises with hellebores, unusual perennial flowers, rare trees, shrubs and conifers.

About alan clements

Audience with His Holiness The Dalai Lama in 1992
Meeting with the abbot of Daisen Inn, Daitokuji monestry, Kyoto, in 1996

Alan is a retired businessman, with a business career that spans 45 years in countries all around the world. Alan trained in Unilever and learnt about marketing. His early career was in the paper industry and eventually he had his own printing factory with 120 employees.

Alan completed his business career with an office at the University of Nottingham and in China, offering international internet marketing advice and support to exporting companies.

Alan has always been fascinated by eastern culture and travelled to Japan, China and India many times. As chairman of the tibet society he worked with His Holiness The Dalai Lama on a range of projects in India. Keen to explore Japanese culture and learn about Zen Buddhism, he made three trips to Japan, and was trained in Zen meditation.

Alan is passionate about the way that gardens can be good for mental health and spiritual wellbeing, and has spent the last 30 years developing gardens to connect with nature and try to help people develop spiritually in a natural setting. Read more…