Excerpt from Andrew Marvell’s ‘The Garden’

Meanwhile the mind from pleasure less

Withdraws into it’s happiness;

The mind, that ocean where each kind

Does straight it’s own resemblance find;

Yet it creates, transcending these,

Far other worlds, and other seas;

Annihilating all that’s made

To a green thought in a green shade.


This poem inspired the title of Sir Steven Tallents’ publication Green Thoughts. The book documents some of his time living at St John’s Jerusalem which he passed to the National Trust in the 1950’s. In my role as head gardener at St John’s, I feel that it is permissible for me to take that title for this journal of documentation, meditation and reflection.