The Cloister Garden of St. Martin’s was inspired by the cathedral ground plans of the Middle Ages, where a garth or courtyard, open to the sky, was enclosed by the walls of the church and the covered arcaded walkways of the cathedral’s monastic residential buildings.
The quadrangle was designed as a place where monks could ambulate, pray and meditate while enjoying fresh air without leaving the monastery. The plan of the garden is typically medieval.
A fountain is set at the center of crossed paths that divide the garden into quadrants, each with a grass lawn and boxwood parterres or divided ornamental flower beds.
The arcade of pointed Gothic arches continues the medieval spirit of the church.
Below pictures are from the Cloister Garden dedication service on April 29, 2007.