Winchester Cathedral’s Dean Garnier Garden

The reopening of Winchester Cathedral’s Dean Garnier Garden is most welcome. On entering the garden there is a tangible feeling of peace and tranquility.

A variety of plants and bushes, historic stonework, and pristine lawns add to an atmosphere of calm and serenity.

The team of stonemasons and carpenters should be acknowledged for their dedication to facilitating the reopening of this iconic garden.

Garnier Garden is situated in the Inner Close of Winchester Cathedral. A place of stillness and beauty, the Dean Garnier Garden offers an atmosphere ideal for reflection, meditation, and being close to Nature.

Winchester Cathedral has always been a place of worship, hospitality, and welcome, and wonderful that visitors can enjoy the Dean Garnier Garden once again. Following essential conservation work, visitors can now enjoy this calming and serene place – whether it’s during a lunch break from the office or simply spending time with family or friends. This is a significant and important milestone, facilitating the opening up of areas of the Cathedral for all to enjoy. It is divided into three ‘rooms’: the Dorter Garden, the Presbytery Lawn, and the Lady Chapel Garden.

Winchester Cathedral and South Transept

The garden looks onto the South Transept of the 1000-year-old Cathedral, where the Kings and Scribes Exhibition is located, featuring the 900-year-old Winchester Bible.

Written in Vulgate Latin (Old Latin) it took one scribe five years to write. Visitors from around the world can explore England’s history from the Roman era 400AD, through the family of King Alfred the Great, the Anglo-Danish era, and the Norman Conquest of 1066 by William the Conqueror. King William ‘commissioned’ Winchester Cathedral and a close family member, Bishop Henry de Blois, believed to be King William’s grandson, ‘commissioned’ Winchester Bible.

As a voluntary steward at Winchester Cathedral’s Kings and Scribes Exhibition, I can relate to the significance of the Dean Garnier Garden, enjoying this gem of calmness.

Featured Image courtesy of David Splendor 


Simon Lever
Simon Lever
Prior to his retirement, Simon engaged in software and services sector search and recruitment for American companies around Europe. He has retained the enjoyment of engaging with people from other countries and cultures. His energies are now directed towards voluntary community activities, journaling, and exhibition stewardship. He is a Featured Contributor for BizCatalyst 360°. As an Exhibition Steward, at the 1000-year-old Winchester Cathedral, he is responsible for guiding visitors from the world over, around the award-winning 'Kings and Scribes Exhibition', which includes the 900-year-old Winchester Bible. The exhibition introduces visitors to Winchester's historical significance as a former capital of England. Simon's journaling activities are published on BizCatalyst 360° and accompanying posts on LinkedIn, He acknowledges the inspiration afforded him by Carol Campos of Massachusetts: Life Strategist, Writer, and Intuitive Business Leader who introduced him to writing with feeling; from the heart. Simon's forté is creative writing; the accent on the natural environment, transforming feelings, emotions, sights, sounds, and scents of Mother Nature's landscape; hills and rivers and woodland into words, transporting the reader to the locations. Essays include accounts of his life in former days. Instinctively writing in such a spontaneous manner, descriptions become life-like. His often emotionally charged writing, whether describing a surreal 'Son et Lumière' at the Grand Place in Brussels to experiences acquired during European business travel. Journaling and Exhibition Steward activities are his key sources of inspiration and creativity. Kindness is ever more important, where he is a promoter of Shelly Elsliger PPCC's 'Decide to be Kind' Campaign. Simon champions Positivity, Empathy, and Kindness and has been described as a 'Beacon of Positivity'.

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