Carmel-in-the-valley, New market, Virginia
In 1978, an East Coast spiritual community invited Chadwick to start a garden project in Virginia. He arrived with a truckload of plants and greenhouse glass that his dedicated Covelo apprentices had carefully packed for him. The garden quickly took shape under Alan’s inspired direction. The transplants thrived. Just over a later however, neither the garden nor the master gardener was thriving. Cancer took its toll on Chadwick’s body and the community lost the land due to financial setbacks. One of his California friends, Abbot Roshi Baker of the San Francisco Zen Center, welcomed him back to Green Gulch where he had spent time making a garden during the transition to Covelo. Despite his declining condition, Chadwick continued to give lectures and began to plan yet another garden.
Photos courtesy of the Alan Chadwick Archive.