Jasmine Hill Garden was a labor of love created by Mary and Ben Fitzpatrick. They moved into a modest 1830 era cottage in the early 1930’s and it was there this wonderful garden was concieved and brought to life. The Fitzpatricks made over twenty trips to Greece to purchase the art objects used in the garden. This beautiful creation grew to twenty acres and is a true treasure to behold. I’ve lived here for eighteen years, less than twenty minutes away and I can’t believe it took me this long to make my first trip.
The entrance to the garden is through the Olympian Centre. The front façade was built as an exact replica of the Temple of Hera as it appeared in the 7th Century B.C. As you approach the temple entrance there is no indication of the treasure on the other side.
This post would be entirely too long if I commented on every photo like I would love to do, so I’ll just interject comments here and there with my thoughts and let you just enjoy the photos. This will be the first of three post that I will put up this week.
This incredible marble well head came from Florence, Italy.
This is a replica of 'Venus of Melos' that was carved from Parian marble during the 2nd Century B.C. by an unknown artisit. It was uncoverd on the Greek island of Melos in 1820.
I love this piece, it’s the ‘Dying Gaul’. This work was origianlly cast in bronze in the 3rd Century B.C. and has been lost.
In the center of this beautiful pond is ‘The Marathon Boy’. The original statue was found in the sea near Marathon in almost perfect condition in 1925. How amazing is that? This treasure was created in the 4th Century B.C. and now rests in the National Museum in Athens. In the background you can see the Fitzpatrick cottage.