Memorials Gardens have a particular resonance for me. It was a Memorial Garden, the one pictured here, at Christ Church Oxford, that introduced me to garden history. I have always liked gardens and been aware of them. But until I walked across the War Memorial Garden at Christ Church for the first time I had never considered the story behind the creation of a garden. There is something evocative in the simplicity of the Christ Church War Memorial Garden. It caused me to stop and ask why? Why was a garden built to commemorate a war? I have been asking this question ever since, and, hopefully, will explore it with you in the ‘pages’ of this blog.
In the meantime, it is Memorial Day in the USA, a whole day devoted to commemoration. I have never found this day, with its barbeques and beach trips and retail sales, to be conducive to the contemplation of commemoration. A whole day dedicated to memory cannot achieve the serenity of a few minutes spent in a well-intended memorial garden.