It’s finally here… our summer sculpture exhibition Art Unbound is in place and open from Sunday 26th May. All 119 sculptures have been lovingly and carefully placed by the 18 gifted artists who have crafted them over recent months, overseen by our expert curator Anna Greenacre. The Garden feels full of new and beautiful friends who have quickly become familiar. The exhibition now runs until 8th September, and you can find out more about it by clicking here. Whether you prefer stone, wood, glass, metal or ceramic, there will probably be some artwork to intrigue and enchant everyone. The exhibition has fun and beauty at its core and we think beautifully complements the spirit of the Garden’s 18th century creators. All works are for sale, and the full exhibition guide can be picked up for £3 on arrival at the Welcome Desk. There's an accompanying programme of arty workshops with experts in their field, so if you'd like to learn a new skill or hone an existing one, visit our courses page to find out more.
If you're visiting with children, there's a special Sculpture Adventure trail which will guide you and your family families around the artworks, and there's a prize at the end.
Meanwhile the Garden continues to thrive with the recent heady mix of sun and rain, with the Kitchen Garden nearly fully planted out. Down in the Exedra Garden, one of the horticultural highlights of the Garden, the next phase of the year’s display is imminent, with the lupins, irises and foxgloves promising great colour. The Eagle House border is particularly eye-catching at the moment, with plenty of colour and shape. Elsewhere in the Garden look out for snapdragons, Welsh poppies and aliums.
Looking ahead, the first of our summer theatre performances are imminent. The Handlebards need little introduction as the country's first bicycle-powered theatre company: if Shakespeare is your thing, then these travelling thespians will likely provide you with the ultimate fulfilment. And if you think Shakespeare isn’t your thing, we reckon you’ll be converted, as some of us have been! The charismatic chaps are with us on Wednesday 19 and Thursday 20 June, performing Much Ado About Nothing at 6.30pm each evening. And on Tuesday 2 July, the ladies are performing The Tempest. For more info and to book tickets, visit The Handlebards’ website. There’s plenty more besides in our summer events programme - for more info about the wide variety of activities we have planned, visit our events page.
And of course, most visits to the Garden will include a stop-off in our lovely café, with homemade goodies and our great coffee delighting visitors every day. On a sunny afternoon, there's nowhere much nicer to sit and enjoy the sun. If you're lucky, there'll be a daily lunch special on the blackboard, served 12-2. For more info on our Cafe and our menu, visit this page.