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We are still eating every day from the garden - and picking cut flowers including May-sown sweet peas, scabious and rudbeckia 'Marmalade'. Vegetables still going strong include runner beans, mangetout, broccoli, courgettes (outside and in tunnel) and tomatoes.
...but spurred on by the patient NGS we announce next year's
National Garden Scheme Open Day here at Lawson
Park - It's Sunday July 18th 2010,
Get it in your diary now....
Adam Chodzko's remake of his sign for Lawson Park. The gallows is made from the old oak beams from the Lawson Park barns
Olaf Breuning's fearful garden gnome in situ. Cast by the excellent Lakeland Mouldings, a company based n the very middle of the Lake District, good, fast and cheap - a delightful surprise.
One area of considerable satisfaction from the past year are the terraced fields orginally laid out by the Japanese farmers in 2006. Over the past 3 years we have been developing what was totally impossible soil that would sustain nothing more than bracken and grass. Through a process of mulching and green nmanure we have now got two fields working successfully as vegetable plots - the only challenge now is getting people to eat the vegetables we have produced - it is difficult to restrict a 21st century diet to 4 or 5 vegetables, people are just not used to it. The honesty stall has comments on it's notice board asking for more fruit, like so much in the world 'they just don't get it'.
On last night's telly, following Jamie Oliver in the culinary desert that is the USA, we heard these immortal words as he squeezed into chaps in a rain shower:
"It's like the Lake District, really depressing"
The Folk Float produced by public works for Creative Egremont (a public art programme we managed) is out and about in central London - great to see after too long in the garage!
See www.diyregeneration.net for more on the project
Re-live on video - or catch if you didn't first time - Sir Nicholas Serota's praise for Lawson Park, given in his launch speech in June.
Matt (currently at Lawson Park) and Ross are doing a show at Elephant and Castle, it's called 'Together at the Junction', well that's the name the curators jottaCONTEMPORARY have given it. it brings together a group of artists to do stuff about the old shopping precinct in the run up to it's demolition, the once cool modernist building having fallen into 'varied' use and had the indignity of being painted pink may want to be put out of it's misery but there's a few years more to go and I suspect some further indignities to suffer.
Matt and Ross have run with the idea of the journey and the transformations that we go through in making them. They have taken the various versions of the Penguin Donkey - originally design in 1936 subsequently reworked in the 60's and further transformed more recently for Lawson Park. The artists have added further additions layering the original yet further and presented the beasts as a parade. They've also made a vast amount of Kendal Mint Cake.
Go and see/taste it at Unit 316 Lower Ground Floor, Elephant and Castle Shopping Centre 30th July to 2nd August, 12 - 6pm the opening is on Wednesday night 6 - 9pm for a more party feel
for more information try www.jotta.com
A big thanks to all who braved the rain to work at or visit the charity open garden held yesterday for the National Garden Scheme - especially Julie, Meg, Matt, Sophie, Alison & Joe & family, David and Chris.
Sadly the weather had a big impact on visitor numbers compared to last year's 200-odd, but as the third launch we've done here this summer the odds were against us for three sunny days on demand.....
One of the garden's star performers was a very simple but stunning carpet of annuals flowering just 8 weeks after sowing, right outside the hostel. By popular demand, here's a link to the Pictorial Meadows online shop, where the 'Candy' flower seed mix we used (see pic) can be bought.
The gardens are again open under the NGS scheme, Karen's sister Alison has arrived to make her unbelievably good cakes and the masses of children are weeding the garden to death. We are also happy to have Chris Cavalier from Somewhere's What Will the Harvest Be? project at Abbey Gardens in London working with us over the weekend.
Visit the NGS website here
NB No visitor car access to site, please walk or use our shuttle minibus from Machell's Coppice on East of Lake road.
The Director of Tate pictured here with local dignitaries at our opening on July 10th.
Friday 10th July from 1pm sees Launch No. 2 at Lawson Park with fantasy art guest Nick Serota kicking off!
Info from / RSVP to Alistair on email@example.com / 015394 41050
Transport (no visitor cars on site, 'fraid) cakes, sausages, horse milk and an afterparty at the Coniston Institute - how can you say no?
Apologies for an extended blog hiatus due to various webby issues plus the distractions of a final massive push on finishing the Lawson Park buildings - but as if by magic (not) the new Grizedale Arts HQ at Lawson Park was opened to the public on June 25th 09, with an opening speech from broadcaster and Cumbria Tourism Chair Eric Robson.
What a day - many hands made light work! Great food c/o Alistair's mother-in-law, great flowers c/o Meg and a very good speech from Mr Robson, bringing together Ruskin, Grizedale and land use very neatly indeed.
And saying the gardens were "superb" too (!)
Phew - now onto the 10th and the art crowd....
The scene at Lawson Park as we ready it for its local launch today, many thanks to volunteer Meg Falconer who really put in the hours, as did web guru Dorian Moore and interns Sophie Perry and Matt Do...
Here's poor Dorian our web programmer in deep Grizedale Arts code on his London commute - no sleep till Coniston.
Len is the grandfather of artist Matt Do (of Matt & Ross fame), he recently visited Lawson Park along with a goodly sector of the Matt clan - Matt is currently working (very hard) with us in the lead up to the opening on the 25th. Len who is 86, still works as a gardener not too mention maintaining his other interests, including wood turning. He brought a group of his turned bowls and other items as a gift for the collection. He also took a chunk of wood away with him to make into Lawson Park pens for us - now thats what I call a grandfather.
The brilliant blue Himalayan poppies have been attracting the passing visitors into the garden to take photographs, which we all thought was rather nice, until we discovered that they had also been pulling up the plants for the unripened seed heads and dumping litter and banana and orange skins, it does rather put you off being welcoming.
1723hrs and a big storm has hit the Vittoriale. Here's hoping the power holds out....
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