Church enjoys its new garden

Quintessence with Ray McGowan at the launch of St Bernadine's new garden
Quintessence with Ray McGowan at the launch of St Bernadine's new garden

When the Lenborough Singers hold their summer concert at St Bernadine’s Catholic Church on June 28, visitors will have a chance to enjoy the church’s new garden.

Officially opened at the end of April, the garden of the church, in Chandos Road, Buckingham, has been designed by parishioner Diana Grant, of Maids Moreton.

The 77-year-old retired garden designer said: “Gardening and design is a gift from God and if you have a gift you must share it. I wanted to share my gift with Father Dan and his parishionerss.”

In her design, Diana included climbing roses with names that meant something to the parish.

The new garden owes its existence in part to a legacy left by Buckingham pharmicists John and Darlene Dade, so she chose an ‘apothecary’s rose’. She could not find a rose named after the parish priest, Father Dan, so plumped for Rambling Rector instead.

To create space, she laid a large area of clay paving bricks and seating with oak benches.

She even made a feature of the existing off-centre brick circle well, filling it with chamomile to serve as a seat.

The garden was blessed by Father Dan, after which parishioners enjoyedmusic from Quintessence, with Ray McGowan on baritone horn.

Father Dan said: “I will be eternally grateful to Diana and I know the parish will enjoy the garden for many years to come and will join me in thanking her from the bottom of our hearts.”