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This was Finlay's last work for the garden, planned before his death and executed afterwards. Housed within the walls of the old barn it follows the tradition of the mediaeval 'enclosed garden', a precinct or bower for the lady of a noble house, but also a metaphor for the purity of the virgin Mary and a place for contemplative reflection. The plants in the hortus are those which were used in such gardens - medicinal, culinary and decorative. The pool within reflects the passing clouds as well as the stone walls and the large pebbles in which it is set. Its circumference is inscribed with the Latin terms for the various types of cloud. Recalling the French poet Mallarmé, Finlay invites reflection on the nature of those heavenly and earthly elements.


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