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Six stone column bases with trees growing from them stand among other unadorned trees. The bases are simple and classical, in tune with the ideals of the French Revolution, with which four of them are directly linked by the carving of their names on the bases. The effect is that of a monument to those men and their ideas or sentiments, as the living tree takes the place of a stone column. The names are Rousseau, Corot, Michelet and Robespierre.

Saint Just is given a similar monument in the Front Garden. The other two tree columns in the Wild Garden are dedicated to Nicholas of Cusa, the 15th century Platonist and Caspar David Friedrich, the German Romantic painter also honoured in the Woodland Garden.




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Photographs by Andrew Lawson except where noted