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Press Release Open studios 2020

“INTO THE LIGHT” After a period of uncertainty and isolation, two local artists are emerging from the darkness with an exhibition celebrating light as part of Somerset Art Works Open Studios 2020. Angela Morley (garden designer, willow sculptor and ceramicist) and Joanna Briar (printmaker) are creating a pop-up studio at Pilton Cider on the Anglo-Trading…

Charles Dowding July Newsletter

It is a bit of a cheat but I thought I would share Charles’ July newsletter. I found the opening paragraph particularly interesting: “The rate of plant growth in a July day equates to two days in August, 4 days in September and a week in October”. My squash plants have been growing at an…

Wildlife Seminar feedback

“What a wonderful morning. I was absolutely fascinated. Your talk was so informative, useful, encouraging and totally engaging. I am so pleased I came and that you sent me the information about it. I do hope the 2 on Wednesday go just as well. Thank you also for the very informative fact sheet you gave…

Garden Wildlife Seminar

My garden is a continual source of joy as it attracts an array of wildlife. I will give a guided talk on ‘Gardening for Wildlife’ using my small garden to illustrate the principles. You should see wildlife in action, for example newts in the pond, there will be plenty of opportunity for questions. My studio…

Slowed down bird song

I accidentally discovered the exotic notes of slowed down birdsong whilst videoing a bee on a flower using ‘slo-mo’ on my phone. As part of the Somerset Re-acquainted project I have been studying slowed down birdsong and using it to draw patterns with a view to using these on my ceramics. The bird song, even…

Growing your own vegetables

This year due to the global pandemic, many people are taking up vegetable growing. I tend to grow most of our vegetables, so here are my tips: My top vegetable recommendations in order of priority Mixed salads including radish – sow early and successionally for early summer harvests Sugar snap peas – sow early and…

A collector’s garden

On behalf of Shepton Mallet Snowdrop Project, I made contact with Angela Whinfield of Snape Cottage. Angela has an important collection of snowdrops, including some that she collected from James Allen’s garden in Shepton Mallet prior to the Mendip District Council offices being built. It was such a privilege to be shown around the garden…