When visiting the gardens of historical or stately homes, one of the many features that creates a truly antique and historical air is the moss-grown garden statues and garden planters.
With more and more people taking advantage of the excellent quality clay and cement garden statues available online, thanks to their aesthetic charms and the beautifully relaxing air they create, it is little wonder that many householders are inquiring how they can encourage the growth of moss on their own statues.
It is naturally unrealistic to expect brand new and top quality garden statues to come with the moss already on them, but it is a swift and simple process to set the ball rolling and in just a few weeks to have your very own moss-grown garden statues.
Visitors to The Alnwick Garden in Northumberland next month will be able to walk among – and in some cases become – some very unusual garden statues.
Working in partnership with a Newcastle-based circus outreach company, Let’s Circus, the garden's curators have organised the Still festival, an event which will explore the theme of “living sculptures.”
Taking place between August 23 and 28, organisers hope that it will be a big enough success to be repeated every year. A number of installations, dreamt up by four professional artists, intend to drawn upon the tradition of garden statues such as water features, religious icons to inspire peacefulness like buddhas or animal statues of lions, gargoyles or other mythical beasts.
One installation will incorporate the human element into a series of garden statues detailing the metamorphosis
A new exhibition of historic garden statues is set to open this weekend at Wrest Park in Luton, giving visitors to the 90-acre grounds a chance to see treasures dating from the early 18thcentury, when the gardens were originally devised by Henry, Duke of Kent.
The only twist is that – unlike normal garden statues such as classical figures, animal statues or water features – these statues are going to be shown off indoors, since many of them are no longer strong enough to weather the elements.
East Cambridgeshire police urged anyone with information on a recent spate of thefts of garden statues and garden ornaments from the region to come forward this week.
Detectives also said that anyone who is approached by strangers with a view to buying garden statues should also come forward.
A rather unique collection of garden statues is finally to get its first exhibit, in Carson California.
Construction work on the International Sculpture Garden, began last November, and the first garden statue to grace it was unveiled this week – Philippine national hero Dr. Jose Rizal, the democracy and human rights campaigner who died in 1896.
The bronze statue is almost seven feet tall, and will stand atop a six foot granite base. Other inspirational statues are to follow, according to Carson Mayor Jim Dear, who came up with the idea. Mr Dear tolanimal d the local paper that he wants the garden to be both a place where people can enjoy public art, and a “walking history museum, where people can take their children to learn about heroes from around the world.”
There are many ways to attract wildlife to your garden – whether it is through bushes known to attract butterflies, a bird table or a garden pond, but another excellent way to ensure your garden has a flourishing eco-system is through the judicious use of garden water features such as fountains.
Fountains are not only a wonderfully relaxing feature for any garden, if used as part of a pool it can keep water fresh and aerated, making it a great home for fish and frogs, but it is also a good water source for visiting birds and squirrels, as well as all the insects and creatures that birds and frogs like to eat.
There are many guides available online as to the best way to place garden water features for the 'greenest' effect, and your supplier may also have a few ideas of their own. Be sure also to listen to your own instincts, though, as you will be the one reaping the
He has copped a great deal of flack in the press this year, but banking boss Stephen Hester opened the gates of his palatial mansion at the start of the month to help raise money for charity.
Visitors to the RBS supremo's Oxfordshire pile strolled around the extensive 350-acre grounds, enjoying sights such as the outdoor swimming pool, various ponds scattered among the scenery, various garden statues – some of them cunningly hidden behind features and shrubberies – and a vast walled garden containing some beautiful plant specimens.
A garden statues theft in Blackpool at the end of last week was notable for the loss of one statue formerly owned by morose 1970s comedy legend Les Dawson.
Sometime between Thursday evening and Friday morning, thieves cut through a five foot galvanized steel fence at a garden statue wholesalers in the popular holiday resort and took three statues with a total value of £1,350. One of these was a four foot, white marble Venus, which used to stand by the side of the swimming pool in the St Annes home of Les and Tracy Dawson.
A £500 reward for the safe return of the garden statues has been offered, and police are currently examining the stockists' CCTV records.
A police spokesman told the local paper that the force was currently investigating the incident, adding: “Inquiries are underway and we would appeal for anyone with any information about these statues to contact the police
Come rain or shine I’m here for you and, if you listen carefully, I have a few spring tips that may help you make the most of your garden.
Get out there and start digging; it’s time to plant trees and shrubs to enable them to be bedded in before the first winds of autumn and Jack Frost can do any damage. Also, at this time of year, if you have plants in pots and other containers it is time to add fertiliser and begin regular watering. It may be that a plant is root-bound; in which case, trimming off a few excess roots will help as long as you reinvigorate the soil with nutrients. Bulbs, such as tulips need to be dead-headed so that the plant recharges its bulb rather than concentrates on the development of seeds. If you fertilise your bulbs, it will help to ensure a bumper bloom next spring.
I stand firm in all weathers and require nothing of you but, if you listen carefully, your garden statue has a few tips that may help your green fingers to find you an Easter egg.
You seek them here, you seek them there, you seek them everywhere and yet those pesky Easter eggs are still hard to find! One place you can be sure they won’t be is near your garden pond as nobody likes to eat an egg that is dripping with green slime. At this time of year, the algae in your pond will have been growing apace but once your oxygenating plants start to grow, they will use up the nutrients that the algae feeds on and create shade, reducing the amount of algae in your pond. To speed up the process, simply place a bag of barley straw in the water and as the straw breaks-down, it will use up the nutrients in the water and help to clear the pond of both algae and blanket weed. Make sure you remove the barley after six months otherwise it will pollute the water.