Winter sculpture exhibition

Pegasus by Ama Menec

Pegasus by Ama Menec - Credit: Archant

RHS Garden Rosemoor’s Winter Sculpture Exhibition has returned, this time with a mythical theme

Prunus Serrula

Prunus Serrula - Credit: Archant

The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Garden Rosemoor launched its ‘Myths and Legends’ inspired Winter Sculpture Exhibition in early December.

Dragon sculpture by Simon Brankt

Dragon sculpture by Simon Brankt - Credit: Archant

The award-winning garden wants to dispel the misbelief that RHS Gardens are only worth visiting in the summer. Open 364 days of the year, winter is fascinating time to explore the 65 acres at Rosemoor. The garden sparkles in the frosty mornings; plenty of colour and fragrance with rich evergreens, colourful barks and stems; a bounty of berries; interesting textures and structures; and a surprisingly stimulating range of perfumes from Viburnum, Sarcococca, Daphne and Mahonia greets the winter garden visitor.

Set amongst this amazing backdrop, the ever popular Winter Sculpture Exhibition returned, and continues until 23 February 2014. Over 120 pieces of sculpture in a variety of different mediums, made by more than 20 of the UK’s top sculptors including Simon Brant, Ama Menec, George Hider and Ian Marlow, have been placed around the garden. Each piece has been carefully placed to enlighten, amuse and inspire, including many who have incorporated a mythical element to the art.

The ‘Myths and Legends’ theme is a forerunner to a fantastic art exhibition that is coming to Rosemoor in 2014 – Journeys Into Middle-Earth, with original art and paintings from Ted Nasmith - a leading illustrator for J.R.R.Tolkien.

Visitors will be able to enter a magical world with a family friendly exhibition of artwork inspired by Tolkien’s Middle-Earth. It will include letters and memorabilia kindly loaned by the Tolkien family, and in the garden there will family trails, garden sculptures including the outside of a Middle-Earth home and garden, and during the school holidays many family activities.

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