Wednesday 10 September 2014
Cumbrian willow-weaver adds new works to North Yorkshire garden.
On 6 September a new willow trail around RHS Garden Harlow Carr, created by willow craftsman Phil Bradley, was opened. Visitors can enjoy a walk that brings together Phil's beautiful willow craftsmanship, from sculptured wildlife characters such as his popular boxing hares, to willow spiling and living willow fences.
Phil grows more than 60,000 willow plants on his 3 acre farm in the Lake District and spends his time teaching willow working and creating willow sculptures, having created many installations in the garden at Harlow Carr over the past 15 years.
Phil says; "I work with greenwood, particularly willow, and am obsessed with the home-grown and the handmade. I have been working with willow since 1990 and my imagination has been captivated by this truly amazing plant. Willow is the perfect example of a sustainable material that can be woven into sculptural or pragmatic forms with such spontaneity.
"I am a basket-maker by training and grow all of my own willow (38 cultivars) in Cumbria. My willow is grown without any reliance on pesticides or artificial fertiliser and is the starting point for a story that reflects a creative process based on environmental integrity. Connecting with people and places and sharing my love of making things is all part of my work. The willow sculptures that I have helped build at Harlow Carr over the last 15 years have been a collaborative process, working with the garden team in this most inspirational place."
For full details, please visit www.rhs.org.uk/harlowcarr.
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RHS Garden Harlow Carr
Crag Lane, Harrogate, North Yorkshire HG3 1QB
Harlow Carr is open every day except for Christmas Day.
9.30am - 4pm November to February inclusive;
9.30am - 6pm March to October inclusive.
Last admission is one hour before closing time.
RHS members enjoy free entry with a family guest (entitlements vary according to membership type)
Family (2 plus 2) £21.50
Children 5 - 16yrs £3.95
Children under 5 years Free
About the RHS
The Royal Horticultural Society was founded in 1804 by Sir Joseph Banks and John Wedgwood for the encouragement and improvement of the science, art and practice of horticulture. We held our first flower shows in 1820, were granted a Royal Charter in 1861 and acquired RHS Garden Wisley, the first of our gardens, in 1903. From our first meetings in a small room off London's Piccadilly, we have grown to become the world's largest gardening charity.
Today the RHS is committed to providing a voice for all gardeners. We are driven by a simple love of plants and a belief that gardeners make the world a better place. 210 years on we continue to safeguard and advance the science, art and practice of horticulture, creating displays that inspire people to garden. In all aspects of our work we help gardeners develop by sharing our knowledge of plants, gardens and the environment.
RHS membership is for anyone with an interest in gardening. Support the RHS and secure a healthy future for gardening. For more information call: 0845 130 4646, or visit www.rhs.org.uk/join
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