pleasure garden

waterlow park, London, 22nd, 23rd September 2005


"as we entered, a scene presented itself beyond description, exceeding all that poets have told of fairy lands and Elysian fields. From the trees, even to their very tops and extremities, from the long arched passages, crossing each other in geometrical figures, exhibiting at once all that is beautiful in regularity, and all that is fascinating in the arrangement of taste and fancy- that one might almost have doubted whether it were not a splendid illusion which imagination played upon his senses. Do not suspect me of exaggeration, for, what I have now written can give but a faint idea of this abode of pleasure."

Benjamin Silliman's description of a special night occasion in a 17th century pleasure garden.

This latter day event organised by the charity garden africa