The Chelsea Flower Show isn’t all about flowers. Around the floral pavilion and show gardens there are dozens of trade stands selling everything from greenhouses and potting compost to scented soap and silk scarves. Away to one side of the site in a quiet, wooded corner are the ‘artisan’ displays of woodworkers and glass painters, stone carvers and artist blacksmiths. The metalwork in particular caught my eye.
Next to the leaf-covered cart horse the thistle looks relatively small and simple but look again at the pieces of hand-forged metal that go to make up this sculpture. Like the leaping hare bench above the thistles and horse are by ArtFe.
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A hand-crafted peacock by Ian Gill (above left) is a serious investment in garden art but some stands were also offering more affordable metalwork. The rusty chrysanthemum and dragonfly are from Tom Critchley. Skill and imagination for sale.
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