I’m Elen Sentier and I’m passionate about biodynamics. We garden that way here at Archenland, growing all our own vegetables and fruit as well as having a delightful pleasure garden, a tiny woodland, very good wildlife hedges and an excellent wildlife pond. You can see pictures and a video of it at my YouTube site. Biodynamics seems to me to be the way forward for modern, sustainable gardening and agriculture. It doesn’t strip the earth of her natural resources in efforts to force things to happen but works with nature, using naturally produced homeopathic-like preparations to enhance the natural ecosystem in ways that help gardeners and farmers make the most of their land, animals and plants. It also works with the natural rhythms of the earth and moon, the solar system and the stars, that create our growing seasons.
I’ve done many different things through my life as well as gardening. After Exeter University I went to work for the Ministry of Defence in London where I had various jobs including personnel policy officer, finance officer for the new fighter-trainer aircraft and project manager of the software design team for Defence Sales. I was also “dance demonstrator” for a friend who taught jazz dance for Arlene Phillips at the Pineapple Studios in London. I left the Civil Service to become a transpersonal psychotherapist after training with Ian Gordon-Brown and Barbara Somers. At the millennium we moved out to Herefordshire where I was able, at last, to fully indulge my passion for gardening. I decided to go to Pershore to study garden design and did three medal-winning biodynamic gardens at the Royal Horticultural Society Flower Show at Hampton Court Palace, London, in 2004/5/6.
Archenland, my home, is in the Wye Valley, on the edge of the Black Mountains in the Welsh Marches; I share it with my husband, the cats and a host of wildlife. We’re a mile from any road, surrounded by quiet peace and the sounds of nature; here I write, paint, spin, weave, knit … and garden 🙂