Our Herb Garden has a new guardian watching over the five hundred resident plants. Memphian Steven K. Hickman recently donated the statue to MBG in honor of Jimmy and Mary Ann Graham. Steven says that they found the statue several years ago while on an antique-buying trip to Europe.
He believes the statue may be portraying Eleanor of Castile…the 13th Century queen who inspired the “Eleanor Crosses”. (http://www.medievalqueens.com/queen-eleanor-of-castile.htm). Eleanor died in 1290 while traveling with her husband, King Edward I. After her death, her husband had twelve monuments erected to mark the places along the route where her funeral procession stopped to rest each night as they made their way back to London’s Westminster Abbey with her body. Three of these original crosses still stand and numerous replicas dot the English landscape.
We know that this statue will bring a new element of beauty to this exquisite garden for years to come and we are more than grateful for Mr. Hickman’s gift.