I had a lovely day out at Hampton Court Flower Show last week. I try to do all the big garden shows: Hampton Court, Malvern, Tatton and of course Chelsea. There is something very special about Chelsea and as I am lucky enough to live in London I am usually there as the gates open at 8am which means I have a full, exhausting and expensive day.
Each year I notice the various trends in planting and the hard landscaping as well as the sculptures and novelties people put into their show gardens. Although I have seen the odd one or two, I am always amazed at how little mosaic is used. However, this year Tracy Foster designed a beautiful garden with this gorgeous hedgehog mosaic – it was a GOLD WINNER – congratulations Tracy. Click on her name link to see her stunning designs.
The beautiful mosaic hedgehog was made by Julie Cope a Yorkshire artist. She is mainly a painter who specialises in wildlife and animal art but has got involved in community art projects and mosaics as well. Click on her name link to see her beautiful work. I love making outdoor mosaics and I have several in my garden. This ammonite is my latest piece and was made from a template using the reversal method and then ‘cast’ in concrete. It is the first time I have cast anything and I am pleased with the results, although I think the concrete may not be the best mix. Can anyone out there let me know what mix they use to cast mosaics?
When I go to networking events, we are all encouraged to ‘make a request’ because you never know who knows who and what connections people may have – however tenuous they may seem. I have therefore decided that at the end of each Blog I will make a request. If you think you know someone that may be able to help with one of my requests – please pass this Blog on to them. Thank you. Request: I would love to get together with a garden designer and have some of my mosaic pieces in an RHS show garden. Tracy, do you have any colleagues wanting to put on a show garden? Anyone out there willing to work with me??? Coming soon: Some local artists that I have had the pleasure to work with.