Archive for July, 2010

Art in The Garden

The Rococo Garden will be hosting a sculpture event throughout August.  We have selected 5 invited artists and have a further 4 local artists who will be exhibiting pieces under the theme, Form, Texture & Light.

Joy by Ian Gill

We are delighted to have such a huge array of mediums being used from glass, bronze, composite metals, ceramics, wire and iron. In total we will have over 30 pieces throughout the garden.  From a swinging bronze in the Woodlands by Stephen Charlton to an installation of bulrushes by Ian Gill there will be a lot to see.

The garden is open everyday throughout August and there will be an information exhibition to accompany the pieces in the historic bothy.  We hope everyone visiting the garden enjoys the event as we feel it captures something of the original humour and escapism of the garden.


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These are plants in the Rococo Garden which were either native to the UK, or introduced to the country before the mid 18th century.  Usually in a  heritage garden there is some latitude on the cut off date attributed to plant introductions – which allows for a wider choice of plants and old-fashioned flowers from a particular period in garden history. 

Period plants of interest (July 2010)  

  • Astrantia major (1596)  – in allusion to the star like flower heads. (Great Masterwort)  Native to Europe and Asia

Location in garden: Eagle House & Exedra Borders 

Repeat flowers after cutting back 

Astrantia  major
  • Lychnis coronaria ‘Alba’ (1596) White Campion – grows to 30in with numerous white flowers, and silver-hairy ever-grey leaves and stems.  (Rabbit proof!)

Location in garden: Long Border, Eagle House Border & Exedra Garden 

Flowers: July-August  – easily grown from seed, short lived perennial. 

Lychnis coronaria 'Alba' (White Campion)

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