AMATEUR gardeners will see a familiar sight when they visit the Liverpool churches' "Garden of Hope" at the city's International Garden Festival which opened this week. Half the garden will be in a state of "dereliction, decay and death".
The horticultural disaster-area is intended to represent the pain of inner city life. Hope comes in with a narrow gateway that leads to a "Garden of Delight".. This is allergorically geared more to heavenly than earthly delights.
The centrepiece of the Garden of Delight is a large rock (symbolising Christ). From this, flows water through the garden:' The building of the garden gave work to 70 young people and twelve adults through Manpower Services scheme.
The enthusiasm of Christians for the £90 million Garden Festival may be reflected by the over-subscribing of a united Christian service scheduled for Sunday. Twice as many as the 5,000 provided for applied for tickets, so two services are now going to be held on Sunday afternoon.
Archbishop Worlock and his Anglican counterpart, Dr. David Sheppard, together with local leaders of other churches will lead the services, which have the theme "This is God's World". The Metropolitan Cathedral Choir and the folk group Speakeasy will provide music.