Tim Richardson’s indeed relaxing Book Essay (OT 28.1), whilst doing justice to our glorious gardens no doubt comprehensively in the book itself, whilst citing several examples/types viz ‘the flowing lawns of St Hugh’s and Lady Margaret Hall’ omits to mention the riveting riverside vista of St Hilda’s and the secret-garden-like ‘Nun’s Garden’ at Queen’s...

However, the piece is surely a preface – quite literally – to a garden of delights: Jane Austen describing greenery as ‘the most perfect refreshment’ and Maulana Rum seeing Spring as ‘a fragrant veil of green’ (trans. by Prof Annemarie Schimmel).

Rehana Hyder,
St Hilda’s, 1972