On a hot summer day visiting a beautiful garden filled with art sounds just like a perfect leisure activity. Inspired by nature, the current temporary exhibition at the charming Borde Hill Garden features over fifty artworks. I have included several of my favourites here.
‘Treasure’, a mosaic sculpture by Liz Tiranti was inspired by The Grand Golden Palace in Bangkok, Thailand. Colourful glass mosaic pieces are glistening in the sun, it’s a happy-looking artwork.
Sculptor Elizabeth Cooke is inspired by nature, her works often depict different animals, insects and birds. You will find quite a few steel birds in the garden including ‘Pair of Geese’.
‘Cheese Leaf’ is one of several of David Gisby’s large stained glass leaves on display. Casting colourful shadows the artworks complement their surroundings beautifully.
Will Spankie sculpts mostly in stone. His works feature often simplified and elegant geometric shapes evoking natural forms, a great example of it is ‘Lily’.
I loved the eye-catching series of kinetic sculptures by Stuart Stockwell. Polished metal leaves rotate gently reflecting the sun rays and the surrounding plants. ‘The Oak’ is also functional; there is a bee hotel in its wooden plinth.
This Grade II* listed Garden is located in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, not far from the picturesque Ouse Valley Viaduct in Sussex. Stretching over 200 acres, Borde Hill consists of a garden, woodland, and park. The current owner’s great grandfather Colonel Stephenson Robert Clarke bought the Elizabethan house in 1893, (the estate dates back to 1534) and established the Garden and Woodland. The Garden is organised into smaller areas, or ‘rooms’ some of which have very poetic names (echoing Victorian fashions), including ‘Paradise Walk’ ‘Garden of Allah’ or ‘Azalea Ring’. One of the most stunning areas during the summer is the Italian Garden with its tranquil water feature. In the centre of the pond is a beautiful sculpture ‘Pelicans’ by Simon Gudgeon.
The garden is full of rare shrubs, flowers and trees from across the world. Throughout the seasons the colours change and different plants come into the spotlight. I am looking forward to visiting again in the future.
You can see The Artist’s Garden exhibition at the Borde Hill Garden until 30 September 2022.
Borde Hill Garden website: (link opens in another tab) https://www.bordehill.co.uk/