The Garden of Persecution
The entrance gates from Rainham Road North are in purple and red colours and open onto the first section of the garden, designed as an awkward and enclosed space with closely planted trees, to give the impression of imprisonment.
The trees have red foliage or variegated or patterned bark and the planting is of predominately red or purple foliage, or flower. Purple or red wildflowers and bulbs will be planted next autumn to provide a continuity of colour throughout the winter period.
The Gates of Persecution signify threat and the risk of injury at its centre. The only way forward is through the Garden of Despair.
The Garden of Despair
The circular Garden of Despair is surrounded by a 3 metre high trellis, with a spiked chain, representing imprisonment and posts, with spear-shaped finials, representing violence.
The colours of these finials change from dark purple near the entrance to bright yellow at the end. The planting is white, variegated leaved or with white flowers, indicating innocence and purity.
An existing yew forms the centre of the garden, which in itself is symbolic of loss, but this garden is for contemplation and although representing despair, is part of a living and ever changing environment, with seasonal variations to give hope for the future and the continuation of life and growth.
The sequence and colours of the seats relate to the changing stages in the garden, climbing plants on the trellis, thorns, foliage, budding plants and blossom. As you move through the garden, the colours of the seats become lighter and brighter as one progresses to Hope.
Views out of the Garden of Despair lead into The Garden of Hope.
The Garden of Hope
The Garden of Hope provides views to the outside. Colourful bulbs will be planted next autumn with colourful flowering shrubs and grasses.
You leave the garden through the Gates of Hope, of bright golden yellow and a vibrant central feature, representing the sun, itself a source of life and growth. The designs signify leaving behind persecution and progression to the wider world.