What's in Our Name

About the gryphon in our garden

You might wonder why we have chosen the gryphon as the name of our garden. The name is also often spelled griffin. This legendary creature – half lion, half eagle – has been depicted since ancient times, usually as the guardian of treasure or as the symbol of a ruler’s power. Applying this to a daylily garden probably requires some imagination,  but we were delighted to see a depiction of gryphons guarding a tree of life in a museum in Syria. Perhaps more to the point, the gryphon is also the name of the athletic teams at the University of Guelph where Gil taught history for almost thirty years.

We’ve been surprised by the number of gryphons we have seen in various places. Here are some examples.