The glory of gardening

April 22, 2020

The glory of gardening: hands in the dirt, head in the sun, heart with nature. To nurture a garden is to feed not just the body, but the soul.
~ Alfred Austin

The glory of gardening: Plants in Edward Johnson's Garden

I am extremely fortunate to have a nice garden, and over the past few warm and sunny weeks the bulbs and plants have begun to spring to life. I have always had an enormous respect and appreciation for nature, and many of my furniture designs take inspiration from it. I have also been a keen gardener for many years. Like many, I have appreciated my garden even more whilst in lockdown, with the garden fence being as far as we can safely venture. Whether your garden is large or small, or you are a keen gardener or not, I am certain our personal outdoor spaces have provided us with an essential sanctuary during these unprecedented times. My heart truly goes out to those that do not have this luxury, and hope that many have been able to utilise our parks and green spaces, albeit, sadly, without the ability to sit and ponder.

The glory of gardening: Selection of plants in Edward Johnson's Garden

Whilst working from home and seeing a lot more of my garden I have been mulling over ideas for organic structures, alternative dividers, fencing and screens, and the possibilities of sculptural seating: forms that combine function and aesthetics which I can integrate creatively with my planting schemes. The possibilities are endless, and my imagination has been fired.

The glory of gardening: Selection of plants in Edward Johnson's Garden

If you too have been pondering your garden and outdoor spaces, and would like to discuss any ideas you have had for outside structures and designs – no matter how unformed or ambitious – please get in touch, and I would be very happy to discuss your ideas with you. Most of our work is done remotely and commissions can, on the whole, be instigated through emails, phone calls, skype or facetime.

Edward Johnson, April 2020

The glory of gardening: Edward Johnson's garden and Undressed clothes valet made in oak.

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In August 2017, we were commissioned through ‘a space’ in Southampton and Stonewater Housing to produce an outdoor public art sculpture. It was made for a small housing development called Gascony Place, and installed in Anjou Close under a beautiful old oak tree, in the Bearwood region of Bournemouth.

You can read more about it on our blog here. Perhaps for some inspiration!

Public art sculpture.
The Pennant sculpture newly installed at Gascony Place with its early planting. We keep meaning to go back to see how it has grown! Photo: Alex Batten.
Public art sculpture under construction outside the workshop.
Constructing and trialling the sculpture outside the workshop.
Public art sculpture under construction outside the workshop.

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