Sculpture by the Lakes, Dorset, will be exhibiting at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2015 for the first time this year
New and iconic works by renowned British sculptor Simon Gudgeon will be integrated into a planting scheme which has been designed to reflect the natural and wild garden at Sculpture by the Lakes.
Just as in the sculpture park, the planting palette is structured around the sculptures and designed to complement and enhance Gudgeon’s work. The plants will include ‘Green and Shady’ trees, shrubs and grass or herbaceous perennials which prefer moist and shady conditions, as well as specimens which thrive in drier soils and more sunshine, ‘Green and Sunny’ specimens.
The Green and Shady trees are seen all around the lakes in Dorset including River Birch, Silver Birch and Freeman’s Maple. Large specimen’s such as Giant Rhubarb (Gunnera manicata) are offset with Perennials and underplanting such as Flag iris (Iris pseudoacorus) and Elephant-eared saxifrage (Bergenia, purple leaved varieties).
The Green and Sunny planting also follows the natural palette of Gudgeon’s sculpture. Large specimens include a Snowy Mespilus tree (Amelanchier lamarkii) and several specimens of shrub Japanese Mock orange (Pittosporum tobir).
Highlights on display include Lyrebird, Kingfisher and Sylph, as well as the iconic Isis and Search for Enlightenment, placed at Hyde Park and Carriageway Drive, respectively. There will also be several new works by Gudgeon including Diving Otters, Green Tunnel, Aurora and Nevermore.
Also featured on the stand is Gudgeon’s first large sculpture Thoth, titled after the Egyptian God of the moon, wisdom and magic, Pears from his series Fruit, Dancing Cranes inspired by the so called ‘Bird of Happiness’ and the figurative sculpture Tree Spirit. Others include Barn Owl, Ephemera, Reclining Hare and Hummingbird.
See Sculpture by the Lakes at Stand No. RHW2, Royal Hospital Way from 19 to 23 May 2015
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