Hawthorn, whitethorn or May blossom has a special place in Irish mythology. Many rag trees near holy wells are hawthorn. We invite visitors to the Garden to tie wishes to our own special thorn tree, and many adults as well as children enjoy doing so.
|Visitor's wishes on the hawthorn|
Are these beliefs just silly superstitions; old nonsense that brings a knowing smile to a modern face? Or are they an expression of something deeper, an understanding of the sacredness in nature, and respect and care for the trees as part of the natural world that sustains us?