God's Garden ???

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God's Garden ???

Postby Saronie » May 30th, 2012, 2:14 pm

I am looking for a monologue about a chap who takes over a derelict garden, making such a good job it is admired by everyone who sees it. One day a Vicar sees it and says (something like this) to the man "Isn't it wonderful what God and man can do together" to which the man replies, "You should have seen it when He had it on his own!!!"
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Re: God's Garden ???

Postby Paul » May 30th, 2012, 4:44 pm

Although I recognise the story, I don't think I've ever seen it in either verse or prose form. I've checked for 'God's Garden' but can't find anything under that particular title. I now have several thousand recitations and monologues, too many to browse through so any chance you could be more precise with the title or possibly an author.
In the meantime... can anybody else help with this one?
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Re: God's Garden ???

Postby Flavia Vanilla » May 31st, 2012, 8:12 pm

Help with what one? Ah, now I see what you mean. Help with God's Garden. I think this is a prose monologue, and outside my field.
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Re: God's Garden ???

Postby just-george » June 6th, 2012, 8:16 am

Remember this one from way back. Bernard Miles is the first name that comes to mind, but I can't find it on his youtube or anywhere in his links. Maybe it wasn't him, but someone else of that style and vintage.
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Re: God's Garden ???

Postby Paul » June 6th, 2012, 10:10 am

That's it!!! As soon as I saw Bernard Miles, I remembered where I knew it from... it's part of his 'Billie and Toggie' monologue.

Arr, an' that garden wasn't 'alf in a pickle. Well it 'adn't been lived in for nigh on eight years, you know; there was thistles five foot 'igh!
But 'e mastered it, 'e got that so's you wouldn't a knowed it.
You wouldn't a knowed it I tell ya. Taters, cauliflowers, cabbages, lettuces, geraniums - you wouldn't a knowed it I tell ya!
The ole vicar come walkin' by one day and sticks 'is ead over the wall.
'E says "Arr Willie," 'e says, "Its wonderful what God can do in a garden, with a little help, ain't it?"
And ole Willie says "Arr, but you should 'a' seen it when 'e ad it to isself."
Always 'ad a answer, you know.
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Re: God's Garden ???

Postby Saronie » October 28th, 2013, 2:25 pm

The one I am looking for is very similar, it is a Lancashire dialect poem / monologue by Cliff Gerard the first line is "When Jemmy Warburton retired" I am told that Cliff died a few years ago and that he wrote a number of poems that were recited by Albert Tatlock in Coronation Street
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Re: God's Garden ???

Postby Saronie » October 30th, 2013, 9:45 am

I have found it here it is, :)


When Jemmy Warburton Retired,
He bowt a bungalow
Wi’ a lovely view ot’ Pennines
T’other side o’ Clitheroe.
T’wife thowt ot’ terraced house they’d left
As oppened on t’ street
Wheer aw they ad outside back door
Were forty eight square feet
O’ corporashun flags, a middin
Ten foot high brick walls
A shed for Jemmy’s pigeons
An’ a hut for Nature’s calls
She said “Eeh Jemmy this is it
Tha’s bowt mi paradise.
Now get thi coat off reet away
An’ male this garden nice”

Well Jemmy did as he were towd
For t’ sake o’ keepin t’ peace
He bowt a book on gardenin’
His efforts ne’er ceased
He shifted scotch-grass, buttercups,
Coltsfoot an’ clover, too,
Built fancy walls, a wayter fall
A wrought iron gate or two.
He burrid paint tins, an’ cement bags,
Builders trankliments,
Chunks O’ mortar, plaster board,
An’ empty crate o’ Bents.

An two years latter, garden could
Compete wi’ Percy Thrower’s
T’relations come from miles around
To gawp at aw his flowers
Chrysanthemums, convolvulus,
Clematis, columbine,
Nasturtiums, pansies, pollyants
An’ marigolds divine.

One Summer’s day, t’new vicar came
An’ Jemmy showed him around
The Reverend Arkwright stood aghast,
“Tis paradise I’ve found” ……………

Hr rambled on, like Vicars do
Apprasin’ it t’ skies.
“Another God ma’d seen it,de miracle,
But then, ‘tis no surprise,
It proves what God and Man can do,
Man cannot work alone”

Jem sighed. “Ah wish tha’d seen it,
When HE gad it on his own !”

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Re: God's Garden ???

Postby Paul » October 30th, 2013, 5:34 pm

Do you have a rough idea of when it was written? I'd like to include it on the main pages.

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