The first gardeners?

Stained glass showing Adam and EveToday’s photography assignment (glass) is a challenge in more ways than one. I’m travelling, and posting from my phone for the first time – fingers crossed it looks OK!

I wondered about sharing more bottle tree pictures then decided a gallery might be pushing my luck. Instead, this is part of a large stained glass window at the Garden Museum in London. I understood it is supposed to represent the first gardeners, Adam and Eve.

The museum is well worth a visit if you’re ever in the area. I loved the stylish old posters on display advertising gardening events from different eras.

The only thing that worries me a little is that Eve appears to be wearing a watch – which makes me think my attribution is flawed, especially as the museum building seems to be in the background. It’s a restored church, St Mary at Lambeth.

One of the first great gardeners, John Tradescant is buried here, so perhaps the stained glass shows him and his wife. If you can shed any light on this, please let me know!

13 Replies to “The first gardeners?”

  1. Since Adam and Eve are “everyone” figures, why can’t both of your guesses be true? All modes of art beg for timeless reinterpretation and application, and this includes the Bible. Since this is a restored church, the layers of personal experience, focused location, and eternal revelation are to be expected. Thanks for the lovely thoughts!

    1. Your comment reminded me of a Coleridge quote – something to the effect that humans are the only creatures who wonder, though I’m not sure he got that right!

      1. You are so right…have you ever looked at an animals face (pet or wild) & see a flicker of real understanding. It could be quite a finding to realize that they do.

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