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Monday, 01 October 2012
Sex in the Garden

I spotted several couples having sex in the gardens at Hever Castle (as one does).  The first couple (above) could be Cupid and Psyche, who I have written about previously. 

The second couple (below) is presumably Zeus (as the swan) and Leda. Like her siblings Clytemnestra, Castor and Pollox, Helen hatched out of an egg. According to legend there were only two eggs for the four siblings, so they each shared an egg with one of their siblings. Pollox (or Polydeuces) was also the son of the god Zeus, and shared Helen’s egg. Clytemnestra and Castor however were the children of Tyndareus (Leda’s mortal husband) and they shared the other egg. 


The story is so complicated and involved that it’s bound to be true, right?

The GardenVisits website describes the Italian Garden at Hever Castle thus:

The garden was made, after 1903, for William Waldorf Astor, with 1,000 men employed. Its style is Italian/Arts and Crafts and still contains the large collection of Italian sculpture which Astor assembled when American Ambassador in Rome. The gardens were designed by an architect (F L Pearson) and a nurseryman (J Cheale). A 38 acre lake was also made, dug by 800 workers over 2 years. The garden has topiary chessmen clipped from golden yew, a Pompeiian Wall, a great pergola, a loggia, a rose garden and a fountain inspired by the Villa d’Este.

As beautiful as they are, the parts of the castle, the castle extensions and the gardens that William Waldorf Astoria was responsible for in the early 1900s are copied from something or somewhere else.

Posted by bigblue on 01/10/2012 at 08:00 AM
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