NGS opening with Sculpture May 2017

12 02 2018

The garden in May is vibrant with bright green foliage, flag irises in the pond and perennials bursting into flower.  With this backdrop, Jane Smoczynski places about 50 pieces of sculpture.  They range from small to large, stone, metal and glass, all made by individual artists. They enhance the garden and vice versa.  Some stand out whilst others nestle in the beds, hidden until you come round a corner and something catches your eyes.  On a dull day, the white stone pieces by Jitka Palmer simply glow and on a sunny day Katie Green’s wonderful glass shines out and leads you to a closer look.  The huge metal structures by Christopher Townsend and David Freedman take a few days to settle into their spots but once there, seem very much at home. Willa Ashworth’s bowls and flowers proved very popular because they were very much at home in any size garden.  The wren on the fork by Barney Yendall was so realistic that we were convinced it was real.


The exhibition helps us attract hundreds of visitors to the garden to raise funds for the National garden Scheme.




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