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One spirit garden on Whidbey Island is closes for the season this weekend

One Spirit Garden, a place of peace and serenity
One Spirit Garden, a place of peace and serenityDavid Welton

Whidbey Island, known for its many hidden treasures, has a special place of peace and tranquility: One spirit garden. Visitors have until September 7th to pay a visit….until it re-opens in the Spring.

One spirit garden, just three and a half miles from the Clinton Ferry Terminal, was created a year ago by Glo (Gloria) Sherman. It is truly another world to experience. In a wooded glen, Glo has created a garden that feels so quiet and peaceful, visitors never feel a need to turn on a cell phone. There are no traffic noises, no other sounds from the outside world, just the sounds and smells of nature.

Glo says, “People come here for peace and comfort, some come to experience a healing presence after they have suffered a personal loss.” She also has observed that many artists come to the garden for inspiration; business people bring clients to the garden to discuss their business needs; people who are in social clubs come in small groups to share ideas and get to know one another better.

Glo Sherman is working on a vision that evolved after living in England and France for many years and observing the gorgeous gardens that abound in the countryside. Many of the gardens in England serve tea and cake and sometimes a bowl of hearty soup. She enrolled in a year long course in “Practical Horticulture” at the Chelsea Physic Garden in London, followed by a six-month internship at Chenie’s Manor, a stately home in Buckinghamshire, England.

When Glo and her husband moved back to the states, they settled outside NYC, where they lived for 10 years. In 2008, after the loss of her spouse, Glo moved to Whidbey Island to be near her brother and his family and to heal.

She purchased the acreage at 7131 Holst Road in Clinton and began to plan her special garden. She created the entire design with the help of a friend in England, then found Wade Wilcox of Earth Rhythms to help her turn the design into one spirit garden. She opened the garden to the public last summer.

In addition to inviting people to share in the peaceful surroundings, she serves very special teas and homemade cakes. The garden is open Thursday through Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. through September 7th.

Cost for all the tea you want and a slice of one of her special cakes (lemon cheesecake in a crushed almond crust or hummingbird cake made from bananas, pineapple and pecans are two examples) is just $12 for adults and $6 for children seven to 12 (six and under are free). Gluten-free, vegetarian soup is available for a small additional cost. Whidbey Island residents receive a 10% discount.

To make a reservation (recommended), give Glo a call at 360-341-4217360-341-4217 or visit her website, www.onespiritgarden.com.