For a number of years, I have been interested in doing a project about Hadspen Garden near Castle Cary in Somerset. This garden no longer exists. I’ve been invited, along with other Somerset-related artists, to make a new work as part of the ‘Abundance Garden Trail’ commissioned by Somerset Art Works in partnership with the National Garden Scheme, and part of Somerset Art Weeks 2013.
Hadspen garden endures in memory, photograph, trace, writing and publication, and perhaps most significantly, through the plants and cultivars that gardeners from Somerset (and from much further afield) acquired from Hadspen to plant in their own gardens. And that is my starting point.
The menu (top, mid) serves the project, ‘flowers, where is the garden’