Article/page published: 25 December 2016
Last updated: 13 January 2017
Step into the garden of surprise.
First find the place where two bright eyes
Reflect the movement of trees and skies.
An iron rose, half-open gates,
Show where a secret garden waits.
Down in the woodland of whispering green
A quiet moment to sit and dream
Now follow a dinosaur, steady and slow
To a tree that lived millions of years ago.
Mice and birds and squirrels throng
Where the spirit of nature pipes his song
Find a circle of stone opened up to the stars,
Where huge animals lived in a cage without bars.
Summer in winter, the world in one place
Outside is inside the palace of glass.
Step your way to the great stone arch
Where the riddle circle ends and starts
This was created for the Sheffield Botanical Gardens.
The series of riddles consists of eight pieces of artwork, starting and finishing at the Gatehouse. I wrote the riddles in 1999 and the trail was completed and opened in 2005. I am very disappointed that the Botanical Gardens has refused to acknowledge the artists in any formal way, except on a leaflet, so here are the names of the artists:
Chris Campbell: Dinosaur Footprints
Bryan Frisby, Sue Jenner: Timber Bench
Nick Hunter: carving on bench
Tracey Hayes: Ceramic Leaves
Celia Kilner: carved stone lettering
David Mayne: Bear sculpture
Jez Thompson: glass sculpture
Corale Turpin: mosaic