We have restored the Raphael Romanelli
Italian marble sculpture of Ruth, who was created in 1925.
Our sculpture of Ruth measures 2.5 metres in height and weighs 2.7 tonnes and sits peacefully in the Pelargonium House overlooking the foliage.
To us, she is indeed an example of all the integrity, hard work and friendship amongst staff and friends that enables this Botanic Garden to continue.
The story of Ruth
Ruth is a biblical character, a woman who after being widowed remains with her husband’s mother.
The Book of Ruth relates that Ruth and Orpah, two women of Moab, had married two sons of Elimelech and Naomi, Judeans who had settled in Moab to escape a famine in Judah.
The husbands of all three women die; Naomi plans to return to her native Bethlehem and urges her daughters-in-law to return to their families. Orpah does so, but Ruth refuses to leave Naomi. Ruth accompanies Naomi to Bethlehem and later marries Boaz, a distant relative of her late father-in-law. She is a symbol of abiding loyalty and devotion.
Source: Encyclopaedia Britannica