Wednesday 19 December 2018

Biblical Garden an oasis of peace and solitude in Dromiskin

Seamus McArdle, designer of the Biblical Garden in Dromiskin.
Seamus McArdle, designer of the Biblical Garden in Dromiskin.

With the kiss of the sun for pardon and the song of the birds for mirth, Youre nearer Gods heart in a garden, than anywhere else on earth. These oft-quoted lines could have been written with the Dromiskin Biblical Garden in mind. Officially opened recently, the Biblical Garden is an oasis of peace and solitude in this ever increasing busy world.

The idea of the garden was sown when a public meeting was held last November to decide on a suitable project for the parish to mark the Millennium of Christ’s birth.

As there’s a very active gardening club in Dromiskin, it was decided to create a garden in which all the plants are mentioned in the bible.

The garden is located on the site of the old church, with an ancient stone icon depicting the crucifixion as the centrepiece.

The layout of the garden was designed by local man Seamus McArdle, with a lot of hard work carried out by a willing band of volunteers.

In addition to getting funds from the Millennium Committee, the project received lots of donations in money and in kind, from topsoil to plants.

While the Irish climate is too harsh for some plants mention in the bible, such as olive trees, lots of other flowers and plants with biblical connections are thriving in the new garden, including lilies, the rose of sharon, and myrtle.

The plants’ biblical context is highlighted on special metal tags attached to them.

The garden was blessed by Fr Pat McEnroe PP and Rev Peter Thornberry on Saturday afternoon. Afterwards, Ms Gertie McGee, principal St. Peter’s N.S. welcomed those in attendance to a reception in the old school.