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George Harrison memorial garden opens to the public
NME; May 28, 2013
The remembrance garden for the former member of the Beatles is at the Bhaktivedanta Manor Estate near Watford
The George Harrison Memorial Garden at the Bhaktivedanta Manor Estate near Watford is now open to the public.
The Beatle – who passed away in 2001 – gave the site, formerly known as Piggots Manor, to the International Society for Krishna Consciousness in 1973 after becoming a follower of the Hare Krishna religion. Following Harrison's death, a garden was created in his remembrance. His widow Olivia Harrison said: "I am grateful to the devotees for honouring George in the form of a garden. A manifestation in the material world of which he would be very proud."
Olivia and gardener Monty Don will both attend the garden's official opening. Don commented: "I am delighted and honoured to open the garden commemorating George Harrison at Bhaktivedanta Manor and that the public will be able to share George's great love of gardening and deep spirituality."
Temple leader Gauri Das added: "There is a deep spirituality in the lyrics of George Harrison, some through metaphor and others more direct. The garden reflects his spiritual journey, it is a mystical one and it correlates with some of the oldest sacred texts known to man. For us it is a tremendous honour that garden is opened on the 40th anniversary of Bhaktivedanta Manor, one of Britain's most prominent temples and donated by George." 
Earlier this year, George Harrison and John Lennon received a Blue Plaque in London. The commemoration was at 94 Baker Street - the site of the Apple Boutique clothing shop, which was owned in the 1960s by The Beatles' company Apple Corps Ltd. A plaque to Lennon was already on the site, but was replaced with one that also remembers Harrison.

George Harrison Memorial Garden in Bhaktivedanta Manor built in honor of George Harrison
Borehamwood & Elstree Times; June 14, 2013

A memorial to a former member of The Beatles has been opened at a temple in Aldenham.
The George Harrison Memorial Garden in Bhaktivedanta Manor, in Hilfield Lane, was built in honour of George Harrison.
It was unveiled by his widow Olivia Harrison and friends, local faith leaders, devotees and television presenters Monty Don and Peter Owen-Jones.
Mrs Harrison gave a speech where she quoted from her husband’s song, Awaken and See. She said: “I am grateful to the devotees for honouring George in the form of a garden.
“It is a manifestation in the material world of which he would be very proud.
“George was not a perfectionist, but he did have the ability to see the potential in gardens, and he did see potential in this dell.
“Admittedly the creation of this garden has stopped and started a few times, but that just reflects life and the stages we go through in our own journeys.”
The event took place on May 29.

Bhaktivedanta Manor's George Harrison memorial garden opens in Aldenham
Watford Observer; June 17, 2013

A special memorial garden in honour of George Harrison was officially opened at Aldenham’s Hare Krishna Temple.
The George Harrison Memorial Garden was officially opened at the Bhaktivedanta Manor, in Hilfield lane, last month.
When the former Beatles guitarist passed away on November 29, 2001, Bhaktivedanta Manor resolved to create a quiet garden in his memory.
His widow, Olivia Harrison, was joined by television presenters Monty Don and Peter Owen-Jones at the garden’s opening on Saturday, May 25.
Mrs Harrison said: "I am grateful to the devotees for honouring George in the form of a garden - a manifestation in the material world of which he would be very proud."
The garden, situated in the woodland dell behind the main building, will be set aside for prayer and contemplation.
The opening began with a sitar recital and there were a series of short speeches and a complete tour of the garden.
Mr Don, presenter of the BBC’s Gardeners’ World said: "I am delighted and honoured to open the garden that the public will be able to share George's great love of gardening and deep spirituality."