Plants of the Bible Lands
One of the delightful surprises I discovered on a recent visit to Canberra is the Plants of the Bible Garden 15 Blackall St Barton. The garden was establish from 2006 under the trust set up by Gerald Robinson and is on the west side and overlooking Lake Burley Griffin,
F. Nigel Hepper has written a book titled "Planting a Bible Garden".
Those included in our catalogue are leek, onion, garlic, dill, roman chamomile, mustard, coriander, cumin, watermelon, wheat, barley, flax poppy, sorghum, bean, pea, wormwood, chicory, fennel, rue, sage, caper bush, carob, date palm, stone pine.
It is posssible to add herbs, vegetable, flowers and shrubs to your existing garden. Many tender plants can be grown in igloos and shade-houses.
A small patch of grains such as wheat, barley and sorghum planted in strips is very interesting when mixed with corn poppys and thistles.
It is amazing how many fruiting trees can be incorporated into any garden. Those suitable include almond, apple, apricot, carob, fig, mulberry, olive, pomegranate, rose, grape and bay tree.
This could also be an interesting project for schools, colleges and religious institutions.
A visit to St.George Cathedral in Jerusalem is a wonderful botanical experience. Donors form far and wide have enabled gardener Samer Bassa to maintain an established Bible Garden.