|Tresco Abbey - 2008|
With the garden theme this week I now regret not taking more photos while we were there, but here's a few.
The Abbey garden is now one of the foremost in the country. The whole garden is protected by a belt of trees that were originally planted in the early 19th century by Augustus Smith who had leased the island from the Duchy of Cornwall. Up to that time there had been no trees growing in Tresco. In 1990 a series of storms culminated in a hurricane that blew down many of the trees; since then over 60,000 replacements have been planted to re-establish the shelter belt.
|Central path leading to the Temple of Neptune|
Somehow it seems appropriate that there is a statue of an early Earth goddess,
Then we came across this rather splendid tree, all I need is a guidebook to tell me what it is.
It has not been manicured in any way; this is how it grows.
Also in the gardens is a museum with a collection of figureheads from ships wrecked on the islands.
Valhalla is now managed by the National Maritime Museum.
|Statue of Children|
This statue can be viewed at the end of a path between the Abbey Garden's trees.
But I'll admit you can't see it at all clearly in this shot.
But outside the garden, near the island's refuse tip there is no mistaking this greedy lot waiting for their meal.
For more garden treats you need to fly off to SS 122