The origin of Enchanted Garden statues lies within the innate need for self discovery and contemplation, which I believe lies within each of us. I first set out to on this road of self discovery through the process of meditation. At the time I was finding the pressures of work had become intrusive and instinctively knew that I needed to fill my thoughts with something more positive.
It was at this time that I began to explore the practice of meditation and mindfulness. Having read various books on the subject I was soon convinced that meditation could benefit by helping to keep worrying intrusive thoughts at bay. For many years now I have been an avid gardener, and I was very much aware of the benefits of gardening in freeing the mind from stressful or worrying thoughts.
It was this combination which led to the creation of Enchanted garden statues. I was keen to have a focal point in the garden. I wanted to be reminded of the need to find calm, and to take a few minutes to sit quietly each day. With this objective in mind I began to search for a garden statue of the Buddha. In my search I paced the grounds of many garden centres, however despite seeing many different types of statue I felt that none represented exactly what I was looking for. There were many attractive resin statues available but somehow they didn't have an appeal to me. I didn't want my practice to be focused on an inexpensive resin statue, but rather yearned for something more permanent and durable. It was at this time that I then began looking at the possibility of creating my Buddha statue from a mould.
After searching for sometime we sourced a latex and fibreglass sitting Buddha mould. We liked the countenance and expression of the statue it would produce; we felt that a stone Buddha cast from our own mould would surely have the presence in our garden we were looking for. After a few teething problems we eventually produced a statue we were proud of. We set it on a small stone pedestal in the garden, and since that date back in the Spring of 2015, the Buddha has sat impassively, and quietly contemplative through drifts of daffodils each Spring, and the rise and fall of the seasons. His stone finish means that over the years he has gradually taken on a weathered mossy look, which has greatly accentuated his ancient appearance.
It was in the Summer of 2015 that we decided to explore the option of providing the sitting Buddha and plinth to others who might be similarly minded. Before too long I was spending a significant portion of my downtime casting and finishing the sitting Buddha, whilst Carol was busily dealing with enthusiastic buyers.
It was queries from those who came to visit that led Carol and myself to extending our range of statues A few years on and we now produce a variety of stone cast garden statues which we sell directly to the public from our home. The range now has good variety with unusual statues being our speciality, however, not forgetting our origins we always carry a good range of Buddha's and Eastern themed statues.
We hope that you will find something special for your garden at Enchanted Garden statues.