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I am currently working on a range of metal plant supports. I do willow plant supports and obelisk but something had always bugged me about them and I really couldn't put my finger on just what it was until I was clearing away the debris from the borders last autumn and I realised that every spring I made willow plant supports and every autumn I swept them away with all the other rubbish and had to make them again the following spring.
This got me to thinking.......
* I am a full time professional gardener!
* I know what shape, size & level of support is needed for various plants with diverse growth habits!
* I can weld!
* I have steel in the shed!
Why not give it a go! So I did!
My plan is to make very basic supports that support the plant but also disappear into the foliage so you hardly see them - nothing fancy - no twiddly bits or knobs - just very practical structures that do what they are there to do with minimal fuss and drawing no attention to themselves but making the plants they support look fabulous! At the moment this runs to an obelisk in several sizes suitable for small climbers, a tall perennial support for things like delphiniums, cephalaria, acanthus, etc. A short perennial support that is sort of lobster pot shaped - brilliant for peonies or any short and mid height perennial that has that kind of vase shape as it emerges out of the ground. And finally - my favourite and one I wouldn't be without - the border edge scoop - to just lift those floppy border edge plants that otherwise would get mowed off!
I am currently (30/06/2018) in the process of fine tuning the shapes and the making techniques and hope to launch a range of steel plant supports early next year - they will appear here on this website to start with until that particular facet of my business gets to a point where it demands its own website and of course I shall drag them around the craft fairs with me and might even do a few plant fairs too!
The next event at the moment is the craft fair run by Craft In Focus at Hyde Hall Gardens at the end of August - excellent event - hope to see you there!
30/06/2018 - The weekend was a roaring success - raising lots of money for the local village charities. The weather was very good, the turnout was huge and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves - thanks to all those who bought raffle tickets for the robin (£200) raised - the lucky winner was Barbara from Sudbury and she is thrilled with her prize. Thanks also to all those people who commented so favourably on the willow sculptures and of course to those who ordered pieces - a donation to the charitable causes has been made from any proceeds resulting from the weekend.
I shall be exhibiting some of my work in my own garden and the garden in which I work during the local village charity open gardens event in Layer De La Haye, Essex on the weekend of 23rd and 24th of June 2018. There are about fourteen gardens open around the village - gardens including a vineyard and winery, koi pond and a grass maze are all open with parking and refreshments at Malting Green House (that's the one where I work!) It's only £5 per adult for all the gardens around the village - that's about 36p per garden - bargain! Programmes available form both pubs in the village - The Donkey and Buskins and The Layer Fox and also from the Village Store - you can purchase your programme prior to the event or on either day.
".....lovely chatting to you at the open garden event Gary. Love your work - each and every one of the sculptures has it's own little character - they really do 'talk' to you! Can't wait to see the life size dolphin you mentioned!"
Mark and Paul - Tiptree
"I love the lawn fish - brilliant idea! And I will be very interested to see the meadow sharks that you mentioned!"
Lorna - Steeple
"Lovely to see the fabulous sculptures in your garden placed the way that you envisage them being used!" (in reference to the lawn fish 'swimming' out of the border and across the lawn!)
John and Joan - Colchester
"...I've seen a lot of willow garden sculptures over the years but I have never seem them have such expression - it almost feels like they could and might talk to me!"
Dennis - Hyde Hall Craft Fair (run by Made in Essex)
"....Excellent interpretation of subject - very realistic!"
Mary and Ken D'Eath - Hyde Hall Craft Fair (run by Made in Essex)
"...Mum has presented us with our Christmas present today, (Goose and Gosling) and what a lovely surprise. The willow sculptures you have made are simply wonderful - your are an artist!..."
Scott and Caroline - Essex.
"....The cockerel and 'his girls' were very well received by my mother in law and will make a brilliant addition to the garden. Excellent birthday present!...."
Jane - London.
"...My daughter is absolutely delighted with her willow peacock - I think it will probably end up living in her conservatory and possibly not make it to the garden! Look forward to seeing you at Hyde Hall again next year....."
Gwen - Billericay, Essex.