It’s finally here… all 119 sculptures of our summer sculpture exhibition "Art Unbound" are in situ, having 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 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 an 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 in full bloom and our key borders bursting with early summer colour. Down in the Exedra Garden, one of the horticultural highlights of the Garden, the next phase of the year’s display is upon us, with the lupins, foxgloves and heritage roses shaping up well. This is the ideal spot to bask in some afternoon sun and take in the colours and scents. The Eagle House border is particularly eye-catching at the moment, with plenty of colour and shape. Elsewhere in the Garden look out for orchids nestling in the wildflower area below our bee hives.
Looking ahead, we're midway through our programme of summer theatre performances. Next up on Saturday 27 July is our first visit from the wonderful Illyria theatre company performing Ali Baba & The Forty Thieves. 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.