All About Herms
Everybody…and every garden…needs a protective charm. Alongside roadways in ancient Greece, 4-sided stone columns --- embellished by a frontal phallus and topped off with a carved visage of the messenger-god Hermes --- were erected. Passers-by who anointed these statues with olive oil knew that Hermes, the patron of travelers, would keep them from harm during their journeys. Over the past 2300 years this Herm-form has evolved as sculptors have castrated the columns while decorating them with the heads of all sorts of gods, humans and animals.
But, whatever face your Herm happens to be wearing, it will always be a benevolent presence…one who watches over your garden’s pathways.