Craigieburn's Sherpa Gardener
My co-gardener, Dawa Sherpa, comes from the mountain ranges below
Mount Everest, and he knows exactly how to place and grow these
We first met about ten years ago, when he was a successful Everest
summiteer. Then I learned that his true passion was for his native
Nepali plants, and together we began to transform the garden at
Craigieburn. His new project is a dedicated Nepali garden, based
on the riverside gorge that runs through his farm in the Sherpa
village of Khari Khola.
Dawa , like all Sherpas, is a Buddhist, and you will find many
echoes of this in the garden. I love the white chorten close to
the drive, protecting us from ghosts and earthquakes; the strings
of prayer flags, and down in the Nursery Garden a Sherpa house,
which is eerily reminiscent of Dawa's home in the Himalayas.
Walking through Craigieburn Garden