This was the 21st Park Garden trail with 21 open gardens, plus various activities in the open spaces, music and art from Nottingham Trent University. I had a brief involvement with The Park a few years back and designed some planting schemes for some of the public areas. Some of the work has been completed but is still ongoing.
|One of my planting schemes|
|Imposing entrance - can I come in?|
Many of the properties are protected by high brick walls so it was great to be invited in to explore. Compared to the Palm Springs Garden tour, there was a lovely welcoming atmosphere and freedom to explore the gardens at our leisure between 13.00 and 18.00. There seemed to be refreshments everywhere! Like so many gardens in the UK this year, plant development is slow and late and there were some disappointments. Despite some very neat and tidy gardens, I didn't discover any that suggested a real plant lover was at work. Anyway - a few pictures from the various gardens.
|A potting shed to die for!|
I was looking forward to seeing the art from the local students but quite frankly appalled at much of what was on display. In general it was pointless and puerile. Having just been immersed for two days in the Patchings Art festival and seen the high standards there from both amateur and professional, I cannot perceive what is being taught at the Nottingham Trent University. I overheard one student say that he thought they had really developed through this project. If this is after improvement, I despair!
In all however, its a great event which is likely to raise in excess of £10,000 for charity. Well done to all the garden owners and organisers. just don't invite the 'artists' next year!