Blos­som­ing faith

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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.

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