Hamilton Gardens are noted for their various themed gardens, and a new one opened last May. Today I had my first opportunity of visiting it.
The Egyptian Temple Garden of 4000 years ago was a place that celebrated the meeting of this world, the heavens, and the underworld. Only priests and royal persons were allowed to enter, and it was, of course, much much bigger than what is represented here.
So much attention has been paid to getting the details correct that the place was measured in the ancient Egyptian system of cubits. The garden director visited Egypt to meet with experts in antiquities to make the garden as authentic as possible.
Possibly the most surprising part of the garden is the brilliant colours. In many old tombs in Egypt the colour has now faded, but chemical analysis reveals how vibrant the colours used really were.
Our themed gardens make an awesome place to wander around, and there were quite a few people out and about today (I was quite pleased with myself for avoiding photographing any of them!).