Garden of Tranquillity

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Garden of Tranquillity is a quest where the player helps the queen of Varrock tend to her garden.

Official description[edit | edit source]

'Queen of Varrock seeks experienced gardener to help construct a garden of peace and serenity as surprise for husband.

Only serious farmers need apply. Peasants welcome (although not that welcome). Tools not supplied. Please note: under no circumstances are the contents of this message to be disclosed to Rollie – um, one means King Roald.'

Overview[edit | edit source]

To obtain the ring of charos (a), you only need to complete the Wise Old Man's test.

Go, fetch![edit | edit source]

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To start the quest, speak to Queen Ellamaria in the Varrock Palace garden. When you mention the empty allotments, she says that they were recently installed as a surprise for her husband, King Roald's birthday. She plans to create the finest garden, grown with exotic flowers and trees.

When you offer to help, the queen rudely accepts, calling you a lowly peasant. She says that the seeds must not be obtained by killing "everything that moves", but rather through persuasion, before handing you a list of the things she needs and the people to talk to for retrieving them.

The art of persuasion[edit | edit source]

With the ring of charos, head to Draynor Village and speak to the Wise Old Man. The old man gives you a backdrop on Queen Ellamaria, saying that she was just a common barmaid at the Blue Moon Inn before marrying Roald. He also speaks about Charos and the origin of his ring.

Charos, a servant to Lord Drakan, fashioned a powerful ring that could enhance the wearer's innate coaxing skills upon wearing it. The old man agrees to reactivate your ring if he can be certain that you indeed have a knack for diplomacy. You do not need to answer all the questions correctly, as a majority will suffice.

The answers to the questions are as follows:

  1. Show them a range of colours so that they can come to a compromise.
  2. Take his generous gift even though you have no need for it.
  3. It's absolutely, unquestionably the most interesting thing I've ever done!
  4. Put on the silly helmet and jump into the cannon.
  5. You of course Pkmaster0036, no one could ever challenge your greatness!
  6. Ask me nicely and I might consider it.
  7. No, especially not that wise old man, who doesn't look at all suspicious.

After answering the questions, the Wise Old Man enchants your ring of charos. Now, when wearing the ring of charos (a), you will be able to persuade the NPCs on the queen's list by using relevant dialogue, indicated by (Charm).

Checklist[edit | edit source]

The queen's garden does not have its own tool leprechaun, however there is one at the tree patch nearby. Watering is not needed for the queen's garden; neither is compost, except for the two varieties of orchid seeds.

You cannot pay off any farmer for watching your plants, as they must be looked after by you. Remember to always equip your activated ring of charos while requesting the seeds from the farmers.

It is recommended to plant any seed immediately after you obtain them, to save growing time. With the exception of the white tree, the plants do not take long to grow, so it is advised that you do them at the end.

The NPCs can be visited in any order, but it is recommended that you visit them in the order that follows:

White tree – Dantaera – Catherby[edit | edit source]

Items needed: A filled plant pot and a watering can
A player cuts a shoot from the White Tree.

Head to Dantaera at the Catherby allotment farming patch. Speak to her with the ring of charos equipped and ask about the white tree. Then follow up with the Charm options wherever possible. After convincing her that you're only trying to save a dying tree species, Dantaera instructs you to cut a branch from the White Tree on top of the Ice Mountain, near Falador.

After talking to Dantaera, go to Ice Mountain via any transportation method you want. The shortest paths are teleporting to the Edgeville or Falador lodestone and walking up the mountain. Climb to the northern side, near the Oracle, and you'll find the white tree. Take a sampling with your secateurs (you may need to scroll across when choosing a tool), plant it in your filled plant pot and water it. It will turn into a white tree sapling when it is ready to plant in the patch at queen's garden.

Rosebushes – Brother Althric – Edgeville Monastery[edit | edit source]

Items needed: A fishing rod (the tool belt, oily fishing rod and barbarian fishing rod will not work)
Retrieving the ring from the well

From Ice Mountain, head east to the Monastery of Saradomin. At the north end of the area, you'll find Brother Althric next to his rosebush garden. Try to take a seed from one of the rose bushes, and he will interrupt you and will immediately sense that you are using an unnatural power and "concealing something of great evil". He suggests you either throw the "dark talisman" down a well or simply destroy it.

If you choose to drop the ring down a well, head north-east and throw the ring down the local well west of the Edgeville bank. Return to the monastery and attempt to take the seeds. Althric will be pleased that you have "taken the road back towards the light" and will gladly allow you to pick a few red, pink, and white rose seeds from his rosebushes.

Before departing, Althric will accidentally let slip a suggestion on how one might retrieve the ring of charos. To do so, use a fishing rod or fly fishing rod on the well again. It might take several tries, but you will eventually get it back.

If you choose to instead destroy the ring, you will have to go to Fenkenstrain's Castle (or the windmill's basement on Harmony Island, if you've completed The Great Brain Robbery) and pickpocket Dr Fenkenstrain to recover it.

Orchids – Lyra – Port Phasmatys[edit | edit source]

Items needed: Three onion seeds
Items recommended: Some marigold seeds to protect the allotment onions from disease
A map of where Lyra's Patch is on the World Map.

Either use the Canifis lodestone, or fairy ring to the Haunted Woods by code alq, or an ectophial, or charter a ship from Port Sarim to Port Phasmatys, which will have a reduced cost of 650 gold rather than 1,300, due to the ring of charos (a). Ghostspeak amulet and 2 ecto-tokens is required to access Port Phasmatys if Ghosts Ahoy has not been completed.

Go to the undead farm between Port Phasmatys and the Fenkenstrain's Castle and speak to Lyra at the allotments, ask her if she has any orchid seeds to spare. Follow up by selecting the Charm option until she requests you to grow some onions for her. Agree to her offer without using the Charm option.

To save time, you can move on to the next seed while the onions grow – wait until it advances to the next growing phase, water it and cure disease, if needed. Supreme growth potions cannot be used for this.

Plant some onion seeds in an empty allotment, water the plantation every turn (every 10 minutes for onion seeds) and cure any disease, if necessary. If you have fully grown marigolds planted in the nearby flower patch, you do not need to worry about the crop becoming diseased. The onions grow in roughly 40 minutes, after which you'll get the message, "Perhaps I should check the onions that I planted for Lyra...". When the onions are fully grown, make sure you have two open inventory slots as you will need two sets of orchid seeds in order to complete the quest.

Snowdrops – Kragen – Ardougne[edit | edit source]

Items needed: Three cabbage seeds
Items recommended: Some rosemary seeds to protect the allotment cabbages from disease

Head to the farming patch just north of East Ardougne and in north area of player owned farm and speak to Kragen at the allotments. Ask him if he has any snowdrop seeds to spare, and then select the Charm option until he requests you to grow some cabbages as a gift for him and agree without using the Charm option. If you plant the cabbages before talking to him, you will need to plant them again.

Plant some cabbage seeds in an empty allotment, water the plantation every turn (every 10 minutes for cabbage) and cure disease, if necessary. If you have fully grown rosemary planted in the nearby flower patch, you do not need to worry about the crop becoming diseased. Supreme growth potions cannot be used for this.

The cabbages grow in roughly 40 minutes. Once fully grown, you'll get the message, "Perhaps I should check the cabbages that I planted for Kragen...". Make sure to have two open inventory slots before you harvest the cabbages.

Delphiniums – Elstan – Falador[edit | edit source]

Items needed: A marigold seed

Go to the allotments between Falador and Port Sarim, and talk to Elstan about delphinium seeds; you can use the "Cabbage-port" teleport with an explorer's ring 3 or 4, and walking north to reach there. Alternatively, you can use the Draynor lodestone and walk slightly south-west to the cabbage patch, and go north.

He agrees to give you some seeds, if you can grow some marigold for him. Agree without using the Charm option. Plant a marigold seed in the nearby flower patch, and grow it. If you give him a marigold you obtained before the quest or plant one before talking to him, he will tell you he hasn't seen you grow it and you won't get the seeds. Be careful - if you click away from the conversation in between giving Elstan the marigolds and him giving you the seeds you will have to grow another batch of marigolds. (Also note that having the Grace of the Elves Necklace toggled with porters will make it so the marigold goes straight to the bank and Elstan will not give you the seeds.)

The marigolds will grow in roughly 18 minutes. Supreme growth potions cannot be used for this.

Burthorpe vine – Bernald – Taverley[edit | edit source]

Items needed: Rune essence/pure essence and two plant cure potions
Curing the vines.

Travel to Taverley and speak to Bernald, who is just south of The Pick and Lute Inn. With the help of your ring of charos, he'll reveal that his vines are diseased and desperately need a cure. Use one plant cure on the diseased grapevines, but it won't work. Talk to Bernald again, and he will instruct you to find Alain at Taverley.

Head just north of the Taverley lodestone and speak to Alain about strong plant cures, not using the Charm option on him. He provides a process of adding some rune essence dust into the plant cure to enhance its power.

Crush a rune/pure essence into rune shards on an anvil – the closest one is just north in the Burthorpe smithing guide area, or you can use Doric's anvil if you've completed What's Mine is Yours – and then grind these shards to make some rune dust. Use the dust with the plant cure potion to produce a strong plant cure.

Bring the potion back to Bernald, and use it on his diseased vines to cure them. Bernald, happy to see his vines healthy again, rewards you with some Burthorpe vine seeds.

Statue of a former King – Lumbridge[edit | edit source]

Items needed: All of the garden's seeds and two buckets of compost
A player pushing around a statue.

After planting everything in their respective places in the queen's garden, talk to Ellamaria and talk about retrieving the statues. She then provides you a trolley to push or pull the statues into position. When there is a statue on the trolley, you can choose to "push" or "pull" the trolley, causing the trolley to move 1 square away or toward you, respectively. The option "big push" allows the trolley to move several squares away from you.

Walk or teleport to Lumbridge, and then walk out of the castle gate. Examine both statues just outside the gate, and use the trolley on the southern one, described as the statue of a "former King".

Push or pull the trolley across the bridge to the east of the castle. Once the trolley is on the other side of the River Lum, the scene will immediately change to the north backyard of Varrock Palace. Continue moving the trolley to the east, then south, and into the queen's garden. Move the statue in front of the empty plinth closer to the entrance (the raised one near the orchids) and "place" it. The trolley will return to your inventory automatically.

If you take too long to do this, you will receive a message saying, "The guards have recaptured the statue of a king, and placed it back in Lumbridge."

Statue of Saradomin – Falador[edit | edit source]

PKMaster0036 kills Bob.

Walk or teleport to Falador. The statue you need is in the main city square, near the north entrance gate. Use the trolley on the statue, and a quirky but tragic cutscene will play, depicting the guards being killed by a player spoof. You can now leave with the statue without being harassed by guards.

Once the trolley is out of Falador, the scene will again change to the north backyard of Varrock Palace. Again, push or pull the trolley into the queen's garden and place the statue in the central empty plinth.

If you take too long, the guards will notice that the statue has been stolen and you will get a message saying, "The guards have recaptured the statue of Saradomin, and placed it back in Falador."

Surprise, surprise[edit | edit source]

If you haven't already, plant the seeds in the empty allotments and wait some time for them to grow. The two empty plant pots are the only plots that need composting, as the others are fertile enough already.

After all the patches are fully grown and the statues in place, talk to the queen and she will ask you to escort King Roald to his present. Go to the King and talk to him with your ring equipped, selecting the Charm options whenever possible and have him follow you into the garden. After a cutscene, the quest will end and the Queen will reward you for your services.

Rewards[edit | edit source]

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Achievements[edit | edit source]

You need to get your ring of charos enchanted by the Wise Old Man for completing the following:

Required for completing[edit | edit source]

Garden of Tranquillity is directly required for the following quests/miniquests:

Transcript[edit | edit source]

Cultural references[edit | edit source]

  • During the Burthorpe vine part of the quest, if you charm Alain too much, Alain will exclaim that you are trying to brainwash him, to which you will respond by saying "It only works on the weak minded," a quote from Star Wars. He then says "It is you who are weak minded, [Player]. If you use the ring too much, it could lead to your downfall." This is a reference to J. R. R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings, when Gandalf warns Frodo against using the One Ring.
  • The White tree is also an allusion to the White Tree of Gondor from The Lord of the Rings, as it is the last of its kind and planted near the palace of a king.
  • When Aldric suggests getting rid of the ring he is also alluding to the destruction of the Ring of Power from The Lord of the Rings.
  • At the beginning of the quest when talking to Ellamaria, there is a reference to episode 6 of the BBC television sitcom, Fawlty Towers.

Credits[edit | edit source]

Update history[edit | edit source]

This information has been compiled as part of the update history project. Some updates may not be included - see here for how to help out!
  • patch 31 January 2022 (Update):
    • Updated the font color on the Garden of Tranquility item list. The text should now be easier to read.
  • patch 28 August 2018 (Update):
    • Fixed an issue in NXT during the cutscene of Garden of Tranquility where a roof was blocking the view of the tree.
  • patch 14 May 2018 (Update):
    • Tweaked text in Garden of Tranquility quest.
  • patch 2 November 2015 (Update):
    • The stolen statue will no longer change graphically after stealing it, when pushing the Saradomin statue from Falador to Varrock.
    • The walls in Varrock Castle now correctly appear during the ending cutscene of the Garden of Tranquility quest.
  • patch 7 February 2012 (Update):
    • Cutscenes in Garden of Tranquility no longer use fixed-rate chat windows.
  • patch 16 June 2009 (Update):
    • Added sound effects to the Garden of Tranquillity trolley.
    • Added sound effects when mixing the plant cure in the Garden of Tranquillity quest.
  • patch 19 May 2009 (Update):
    • Improved the sound effects for dropping the Ring of Charos down the well and later retrieving it.
    • Improved part of the Garden of Tranquillity so that the Fishing animation continues to play while you whistle along until you catch the Ring of Charos.
  • patch 27 January 2009 (Update):
    • Fixed an issue with the Garden of Tranquility quest.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

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The Death of Billy and Bob

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Roald Tours The Garden

  • The 1st, 2nd, 4th and 6th of the questions that the Wise Old Man asks you references Goblin Diplomacy, the old Drunken Dwarf random event, Between a Rock..., and this quest itself respectively, while the 7th is a reference to the Draynor Bank Robbery and in extension, the Swan Song and Love Story quests.
  • The name of the player in the Wise Old Man quiz is the same as that of the player that kills the two guards in the Falador cutscene.
  • If you ask King Roald to follow you, but don't choose the "Charm" option, you can hear a humorous but lengthy exchange in which both you and the King wish to have the last word.