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Friday, 6 April 2012

'From the woods' at Westonbirt Arboretum

I went over to Westonbirt Arboretum in Gloucestershire today, to have a look at this exhibition that has one of my sculptures in it. Westonbirt is the national arboretum and has one of the finest tree collections in the country.
The exhibition itself was really well curated by Sue Darlison and the other work on show was top quality. It's quite an honour to get to show with well-known names on the woodworking circuit, such as David Colwell of Trannon furniture design. Here's a picture of my piece in the hall.



It was a great time to go, as a lot of the blossom was out, as were many wild flowers. Particularly beautiful were the wood anemones and wild primroses in the oak woods of Silk Wood, together with the first of the bluebells. Also in flower were camellias, rhododendrons and magnolias-making a great display.


Native wild flowers speckle the floor of Silk Wood

...with cherry trees in blossom in one area of the wood

Elsewhere, rhododendrons were in flower





...as well as azaleas, camellias and magnolias.




The contrasts of colours and textures at Westonbirt are sometimes stunning



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