Thursday, June 2, 2011

Inscription for a Garden Gate

Pause, friend, and read before you enter here
This vine-clad wall encloses holy ground.
Herein a mellowed garden dreams
away the years,
Steeped in serene, sweet light
and muted sound.
Herein tranquility and peace abide,
For God walks here at cool of
Pause, friend, and strip from out your heart
All vanity, bitterness, all hate;
Quench, for this hour, the fever of your fears.
Then, treading softly, pass within this gate.
There, where the ancient trees wait
hushed and dim,
May you find God and walk awhile with Him.

Pearl Council Hiatt

Anna Hyatt Huntington selected this poem to be used at the gate of Brookgreen Gardens in 1959.  It was written specifically for Brookgreen in homage to its splendid avenue of live oak trees. 

I recently spent a beautiful morning admiring the oaks, the floral bounty, the wildlife, the many fountains and sculptures of Brookgreen Gardens.  I also took a meditative stroll through the labyrinth.  If you have plans to visit coastal South Carolina, I highly recommend this beautiful, serene garden.  Brookgreen also has an extensive aviary and butterfly house.  The entry fee allows you to come to the gardens all week.  A very good deal for $12.00


Anonymous said...

Oh, what a BEAUTIFUL poem, nourishing the heart, Connie!

Mamma has spoken said...

Looks like a beautiful place to be especially if you are by yourself and not too many people are at the park the same time you are.

Joanna Jenkins said...

That IS a very good deal. And the poem is gorgeous. If I'm ever in the neighborhood I'll be stopping by. Thanks for the tip.
Cheers, jj

Relyn said...

I love public gardens. The St. Louis Botanical Gardens is a four hour drive for us, but so worth the visit. You are blessed to have one nearby. (Well, I assumed it was nearby. Maybe it isn't.)

Rosezilla said...

Lovely poem, lovely gardens... I always love the part in the Bible where God walks with Adam and Eve in the cool of the evening... I can't wait to do that!
I wanted to let you know, I am blogging again. I missed everyone too much to stay away!