Ideas are growing…

It was great to meet and catch up with fellow artists and SAW organisers last week at the Spring Soiree and Abundance launch.  I have been thinking about how to develop my initial ideas for the installation at Esotera.  Having taken a few photos when I first visited the garden in February, I’ve since made some rough sketches which are gradually evolving.  I’d like to create an element of surprise, use found and recycled materials related to the garden and make something large and challenging.  Below are a few images of where I’ve got to so far:

Esotera garden with fungiPussy willow at Esotera - inspirationWheels collected by owners of the garden - inspirationSketches of Nests Sketches of nestsIdea - nest with extension

Spring Shoots for The Abundance Garden Trail

Spring Shoots for The Abundance Garden Trail

‘The first day of Spring was also the perfect date to launch SAW’s Abundance Garden Trail which will be a major aspect of this year’s art weeks.’ said our blogger Davina Jelley on the SAW Blog. 

On 21st March, 2013, we launched the project during the Spring Soiree event at Woodland Castle, Taunton. The event was well attended by more than 100 guests. During the event, the artists shared their idea of their new commission.

abundanceartistsPictured above are Friends of SAW Chair Lyn Mowat, Gillian Widden, Dilly Bradley NGS representative, Fiona Campbell, Zoe Li Abundance co-ordinator, Bryony Tidball, Sue Palmer, Leah Hislop and Kitty Hillier. Photo by kind permission of Sebastian King

Do you have a plant from Hadspen in your garden?

hadspenMany people from Somerset and beyond visited Hadspen Garden, the well-known and much loved garden and plant nursery near Castle Cary in Somerset that closed in 2005.  Canadian garden designers and plantspeople Nori and Sandra Pope, who followed on from horticulturalist Penelope Hobhouse, created an extraordinary colour-saturated garden, drawing visitors and gardeners from across the world, with many specialist cultivars developed over time at the nursery.

Do you have a plant from Hadspen in your garden?

if so, I’d love to hear from you!  I’m gathering this information for a new piece of work that will be shown as part of ‘Abundance’ in September 2013.  Hadspen has been ‘dispersed’ into other gardens through the plants and seeds that people bought there and planted in their own gardens.  If you contact me by phone or email, I will gladly give you more information about my project.

If you have a plant in your garden, can you send me:
– the full name of the plant
– a photograph of it in your own garden, if possible
– tell me a little about what the plant means to you? what associations does it hold?
And anything you remember about Hadspen Garden too …

Please get in touch.  Thank you very much!

Sue Palmer

0781 643 7354
sue [at]