Golspie's Biblical Garden was started in the autumn of 1999 and was a project for the Millennium.
When the group started out it had no money, no land but lots of ideas. The council gave permission to use the undeveloped part of the ground in front of Seaforth House. The funding to start the garden came from "Awards for All" in the form of a £5000 grant and from the fundraising efforts of the group.
Peter Harlington, the then gardener at Dunrobin Castle, helped with the design, based on the "Tree of Life", with the paths being the branches.
This design was largely followed. It was envisaged that many of the plants mentioned in the Bible would be grown and surprisingly many of them can be grown this far north. So there are almonds, roses, apples, a vine (no grapes though) a bay tree, myrtle, a herb border, anemones, lilies, tulips, narcissi, as well as leeks, onions,garlic, and wheat and barley. Plants with significant names, like the Judas tree, Solomon's seal, Jacob's ladder, Jerusalem sage are also to be found. But of course not all the plants are Biblical. If you visit the garden discover for yourself what the plants are by looking at the labels.
However it was soon discovered that rabbit fencing was essential if the garden was to survive and so the whole area has been rabbit proofed.
Also in the garden are the following features, a circular dry stane wall
with a wooden seat, a pleasant place to sit and reflect, the tomb and the stone, a red sandstone Celtic cross to commemorate the millennium, a map of Scotland, a dry well, filled with flowers, an arch with a vine and a crib.
The perimeter paths are wheelchair accessible. The garden is becoming established, growing, developing and changing.
Please visit it if you are in Golspie and if you have time come and help with the work.