The career, and it would seem the passion and love of Peter Gordon (1823-1885) ‘the gentle gardener’, began at Newton, Rayne, in Aberdeenshire.
The ‘gentle gardener’ then traveled to Edinburgh to further his studies at the Botanic gardens.
But back to Newton. It is my understanding that the garden became neglected after the death of the laird, Alexander Morison Gordon. Fortunately his great-grandson, Alexander Parkin-Moore restored it – and I have heard gardeners-in-the-know – describe it as one of the most beautiful secret gardens in Scotland.
Newton has been described as “a Gordon house of immense serenity and dignity”:
Parkin-Moore hoped that his great-grandfather’s garden would “give pleasure to everyone” to “consider the perfection of the infinite unseen”.
One day I hope to see the garden of Newton where the gentle gardener first began learning.
However I have visited the mausoleum to Alexander Morison Gordon, the laird of Newton, who first gave the gentle gardener an opportunity to show his natural gift. This mausoleum is not easy to find, yet every day thousands motor it by, quite unknowingly, on the main road North:
This film is a re-imagining of finding Newton Mausloeum. This mausoleum was built before 1809 [for Alexander Gordon whose family wealth came from trading slaves]. I visited the mausoluem on the 6th August 2019:
[please click on the above image to play a short film]
The Newton Mausoleum is beside the main road north, just after Pitcaple.
I struggled through bog and nettles to find it: but through dense undergrowth, above me like a temple, I came across this family tomb. I found it doorless and unvisited.
Newton, the home of this forgotten and now decrepit mausoleum, has a secret garden. I have heard gardeners whisper that this secret garden is most special. It was where the ‘Gentle Gardener’ first learned his craft.
‘Exit Music’ – by Steven Lindsay
This film begins with an edited audio sequence from Archive on 4, on Samuel Beckett