Read Gardens Sign

“…FAIR QUIET, have I found thee here, And Innocence, thy sister dear! Mistaken long, I sought you then in busy companies of men; Your sacred plants, if here below, Only among the plants will grow. Society is all but rude, To this delicious solitude. No white nor red was ever seen do am’rous as this lovely green. Fond lovers, cruel as their flame, Cut in these trees their mistress’ name; Little, alas, they know or heed How far these beauties hers exceed! Fair trees! wheres’e’er your barks I wound, No name shall but your own be found… Here at the fountain’s sliding foot, Or at some fruit tree’s mossy root, Casting the body’s vest aside, My soul into the boughs does glide; There like a bird it sits and sings, Then whets, and combs its silver wings; And, till prepar’d for longer flight, Waves in its plumes the various light… How well the skillful gard’ner drew Of flow’rs and herbs this dial new, Where from above the milder sun does through a fragrant zodiac run; And as it works, th’ industrious bee computes its time as well as we. How could such sweet and wholesome hours be reckon’d but with herbs and flow’rs!” The Garden, Andrew Marvell 1681

Read Gardens is a Victorian style garden with wide open spaces, a playground, perennial garden border and beautiful oaks, elms and cedar trees. Named after Major Frederick Fitzwater Read, a former mayor of Camberwell, this is a popular spot for weddings and many other special events. The artwork on this entrance sign was hand sculpted and painted, and the text was incise carved using hand chisels.

Carved & Painted
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Sign Size
71 " x 57 "