Date: May 2006
Source: photograph by volunteer
A typical sight of regular volunteers (Dubravka, Jill, Janet) at work on a Tuesday morning.
Of interest in the background is the tree fern, donated by a visitor to the garden. It was decided to accept the gift, although there is no evidence that tree ferns were planted in the garden in the 19c, because they were a very popular plant in Victorian gardens – Heligan has many examples. Unfortunately the very cold winter 2010/11 damaged this specimen badly, but 2012 seemed to start its recovery.
The ‘blind arcading’ built into the terrace wall behind the volunteer workers is a good illustration of the ecclesiastical appearance of many structures in the garden. Below the arcading is a niche which resembles nothing so much as a ‘holy water stoup’ – an unlikely choice for an ardent Baptist!