The Herb Garden is located in the middle of the gardens and is full of interesting herbs, each with their unique uses. The Herb Garden is decorated with a large obelisk placed in the middle of the centre garden.
The leaves are 30 times sweeter than sugar, and contain no calories.
- Sage Pineapple
The leaves of the pineapple sage are pineapple flavoured. Use as normal sage to give a different taste.
- Artichoke Globe
The large flower buds are a delicacy. Boil in salted water for 20 minutes and eat as a vegetable.
- Curry Plant
The leaves can be picked at anytime and can be put in soups, steamed vegetables, stews and rice dishes for a mild curry flavour.
- Italian Parsley
This is the best variety for cooking. It is rich in iron, calcium, magnesium, phosphorous and iodine. It also contains vitamins A, B and C.
- Pizza Thyme
Has a flavour likened to oregano and is perfect in Italian cuisine.
- Pineapple Sage
The leaves have a pleasant pineapple scented aroma.
The word obelisk is a Greek word that means ‘needle’. The reason for the Greek name is that the first document written about the obelisk was by a Greek traveller named Herodotus. An obelisk is a tapering column that is made from a single block of stone. It has a mini pyramid at the top which is called a pyramid ion. Obelisks were built in pairs and were placed at the front of temples.
These obelisks were symbols of the stability and creative force of the sun god Ra; it was thought that the god was within the obelisk. Ancient Egyptians also believed that the obelisks were a magical protection to the monuments they were placed at, such as temples or tombs. They were usually placed at the front of a Pharaohs tomb.
Obelisks were carved with the name of the Pharaoh and had words of praise towards the god. Some obelisks had the pyramidion covered with copper or another reflecting metal that would catch and reflect the rays from the sun.