A quick look at the Yellow Book this weekend for gardens open under the National Garden Scheme found a garden inland from the coast at Dawlish. It was also the garden of sculptor Heather Jansch who uses driftwood from round the coast to make her fabulous horses and other animals.
But I’m getting ahead of myself. After parking the car in a field, there was quite a long walk down the steeply sloping lane which is the driveway to the house, studio and garden. The banks of the lane were studded with beautiful wild flowers, primroses, bluebells etc. when suddenly we came upon a patch of cyclamen.
The one in the front is made from wood. The sculptures are then dismantled and each piece is cast in bronze, then re-assembled. Wooden ones have a relatively short life if left outdoors in the winter, bronze ones will last forever.
I took this photo of the path where we were sitting, all sorts of oddments have been used to make the path, to great effect I thought.
We had a wonderful afternoon in glorious sunshine and the driftwood sculptures were absolutely amazing. I have read so much about them, seen them many times on TV and seen one at the entrance to the Eden Project in Cornwall.
Usually when garden visiting, I come home with a plant or two, this time it was with Heather Jansch’s diary of a year in her life.
I thought the photos of the horses taken on the beach at Dawlish in Devon were absolutely stunning. Driftwood found at the seaside after the many gales that we have in the winter, transformed into such beautiful animals, what a talented artist.
If ever you get an opportunity to visit, I can thoroughly recommend it, you will be blown away!