DEPTFORD QUATRAINS Walk Eight: 11th September (Morning) John Evelyn’s Garden

SAYES COURT PARK

What remains of John Evelyn’s beautiful gardens.

Bright, early morning light can be surprisingly melancholy. The same sun shines and a few hundred yards away the same river flows but what you get is the feeling of dislocation as from St Nicholas churchyard. Occasionally there is a whisper from the past despite the drear municipal planting but otherwise no evidence of once what was. Apart that is from the mulberry tree, obviously ancient but could it have been planted by Evelyn? Do mulberry trees live that long? We also wondered if the rose beds had been laid according the foundations of his house. Sad, sad to think of the wanton destruction of something so beautiful and afterwards the wanton forgetting.

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