The basic plan for Adelynrood’s 14-acre site was developed in the early 20th century by landscape architect and early member of the Society of the Companions of the Holy Cross,Deaconess Mary Potter. Her vision of “indigenous plantings, a naturalized setting, and simplicity” of design is still evident in today’s gardens and grounds.
Current outdoor features include paths through five wooded acres, a guided meditation walk called the “Stations of Creation,” and a stone labyrinth.
L-Shaped cloister beds are modeled after “Mary Gardens” common in Europe in the middle ages. Mary Gardens contain only blue and white flowers with a single red bloom which signifies the Passion.
A cutting garden provides flowers for the chapel and house.
There is a rockery at the front of the house, a Japanese style garden with fountain, and a number of perennial borders.
The newest addition is a recently dedicated Forgiveness Garden with a fountain and benches set amidst a flowing landscape.
"Working in the garden...gives me a profound feeling of inner peace.
Nothing here is in a hurry. There is no rush toward accomplishment,
no blowing of trumpets. Here is the great mystery of life and growth.
Everything is changing, growing, aiming at something, but silently,
unboastfully, taking its time." Ruth Stout
Adelynrood Retreat & Conference Center
46 Elm Street
Byfield, MA 01922-2812
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