The Elgin Biblical Garden sits directly across the road from the cathedral ruins. Every element of its design draws on the Bible or Christian iconography. Visitors enter via a long paved walkway laid out in the shape of a Celtic cross. At three points stand lifesize statues of Biblical figures, and at the centre is a large stone well. The flowers growing along its shaft represent the beauty of creation and in July are a profusion of colour. The 110 plants mentioned in the Bible can be found in the garden, and there is a recreation of Jesus’ tomb in one area. Proverbs, printed on colourful signs on stone plinths, clarify their context. There are also simple places of rest, where visitors can stop, meditate or have a picnic. “We’ll put a wee donation box in, and if they want to give a donation, that’s fine. If they don’t, that’s fine also,” says John Sherry, chairman of the Friends of the Biblical Garden The garden is maintained by the Friends and by horticulture students at Moray College, with funding gathered commercially, from the council, community and church.
Religious statues at the well in the heart of the garden.
John Sherry helps tend the garden, designed to reflect a deep faith. “It’s just nice to get people to come and enjoy the garden, regardless of religion or whatever,” he says.