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Biblical Garden

Located on King Street in NE Elgin, adjacent to the River Lossie, opposite the ruined Elgin Cathedral, the Biblical Garden comprises religious sculpture set amongst a representation of the Holy Land, with planting which includes all 110 plants mentioned in the bible. The garden is divided into distinct parts representing areas of the Holy Land: desert, fertile valleys, marshland and mountains, including Mount Sinai and the cave of the resurrection.

Covering an area of 1.2 ha (3 acres), the garden opened in 1996 representing a partnership between the local churches, commerce, the community and Moray Council.

The paths are laid out in the shape of a Celtic cross. Sculpture includes the Sower, the Prodigal Son, the Good Shepherd, and Samson pushing against two mighty pillars, together with a stone well, with Jesus meeting the woman of Samaria. Amongst the rushes in a small pond is the basket in which Moses was set adrift in Egypt. The plants are an unusual symphony; including begonia, coriander balm, broad-bean, dill, garlic, mint, oleander, onion, rue and wormwood, with trees such as apple, fir, oak, laurel, pomegranate, oak and poplar.

While the garden suffers a level of vandalism, particularly relating to the information plaques, it remains a beautiful and peaceful oasis for quiet contemplation.


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