My mother, Irene Brazier (1922-2004), was a lover of gardens. In her life she made many and admired many more. She believed in the harmony that arises when people work in co-operation with natural forces. She was a practical woman. Work was important. One of her favorite sayings was "You are closer to God in a garden than anywhere else on earth". She was a believer and was completely non-dogmatic. She could be at home in any temple or shrine. She also liked a good party, dressing up and enjoying the fruits of life. She was simultaneously a fun loving worldly wise woman who knew her own mind and a person of peace, tolerance and kindness who appreciated spiritual paths and saw their commonality. She had learnt from all manner of people in the course of her life and, in the latter part of it, was the kind of person that all manner of people wanted to talk to and enjoy being with.