“Their garden became the focus of their own artistic creativity. Working with a magnificent site, they chose to explore its possibilities; not be stifled by its limitations… Later in life Peggy would admit that “the garden became our child.” The Land Conservancy
The Abkhazi Garden is known as The Garden that Love Built.
The story of how Peggy Pemberton-Carter met Prince Nicholas Abkhazi, in Paris in 1922 is recorded in The Legacy on the website The Teahouse at Abkhazi Garden.
After a long separation Prince Abkhazi and Peggy Pemberton-Carter met in New York and married in November 1946. The Prince and Princess chose Victoria as the city that would become their home.
Together the Abkhazis created a garden, meticulously choosing plants that would enhance the natural beauty of their location. Their love for gardening was demonstrated in their dedication to experimentation and constant refinement. The Land Conservancy preserves the Garden and honours the legacy of the Abkhazis.
Peggy Pemberton-Carter and her mother lived for a time in New Zealand, which prompted me to chose Katherine Mansfield’s poem “Voices of the Air” to recite by the pond that overlooks the garden.
Katherine Mansfield Beauchamp was a New Zealander poet, essayist, short story writer, and journalist from the Modernist movement. Her writings explore complex issues that allow us to reflect upon the essentials of life. Her stories and poetry are celebrated across the world, and have been published in 25 languages
Please join me virtually at the Abkhazi Garden to recite Katherine Mansfield’s poem, Voices of the Air.
But then there comes that moment rare When, for no cause that I can find, The little voices of the air Sound above all the sea and wind. The sea and wind do then obey And sighing, sighing double notes Of double basses, content to play A droning chord for the little throats— The little throats that sing and rise Up into the light with lovely ease And a kind of magical, sweet surprise To hear and know themselves for these— For these little voices: the bee, the fly, The leaf that taps, the pod that breaks, The breeze on the grass-tops bending by, The shrill quick sound that the insect makes.
Correction: The Video indicates the poem is entitled “Voices in the Air”. The correct title is “Voices of the Air.”