(4 syl.). Three sisters who guarded the golden apples which
Hera (Juno) received as a marriage gift. They were assisted by
the dragon Ladon. Many English poets call the place where these golden
apples grew the “garden of the Hesperides.”
Show thee the tree, leafed with refinëd gold, Whereon the fearful dragon held his seat. That watched the garden called Hesperides.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894