Thursday, 30 May 2013

Rosemoor RHS Garden in North Devon is Glorious

The Royal Horticultural Society certainly know how to organise interesting plantings and features in their gardens. Rosemoor is a lovely garden near Great Torrington, not that far from the M5. It is strangely bisected by a road, but it doesn't seem to intrude, and there's an underpass to enable easy access to both parts.
Here's a taster of what there is to see:
 The frist thing i saw was this greenhouse beautifully set up with a colourful display of alpines.
Glorious Wisteria was in bloom
And I think this is an Azalea
Below a rhodedendron
There were quite a few Meconopsis in flower
 And some gorgeous examples of pots like this one below:
 Here's a few of one of the formal gardens with Camassia looking wonderful
There were also some lovely structures like this arch in a wall:
And Rosemoor house:

And rather fancy arbours:
And a great sundial:
For more information have a look

Adult Play Exhibition at Artsite until June 1st

The preview of this exhibition was Monday 27th of May; Vicky Silver took some great photos, including some of Nick Martin, the Mayor of Swindon who visited the day after the private view.
Here's the link to them:

Artists taking part are Kayleigh Aldred, Ruth Henderson, Jade Iles and Jamie Moss, and here's what the private view looked like:
 It was quite dark because there was a slide show in progress, there were quite a few people milling around.
 Declan and Ian deep in conversation

 Jamie's shed and below Jamie standing in front of it.

 Below Ruth discussing her work
 And here it is:
A slide show of photographs of the Ridgeway accompanied the circle. More on Ruth at:

 Above is Jade can be seen talking, surrounded by her work.
Kayleigh with her piece, and below a close up:
More on Kayleigh
The exhibition is on until the 1st of June, do try and have a look.

Wednesday, 29 May 2013

How can we keep the Bell as a Pub?

The Bell looks so good, especially after its recent 4 month refurbishment.

The excellent Swindon Advertiser feature however covers it well.

The plans for the proposed development on the site were available for viewing on the 29th of May at the Spot between 4-8pm. A great deal of planning has gone into the development which would include a shopping mall of small shops with accommodation for approximately 36 people upstairs. At the moment there is accommodation for 25 people.
The external appearance would remain the same, and there will still be access from the back through to the High Street.

Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Friday 31st of May - Party at Artsite's Number 9 Gallery from 7pm onwards

The party being held in the Number 9 Gallery opposite to celebrate the run up to Swindon Open Studios 2013.
With only 3 weeks to go before the closing date of June 17th for entries to this years Open Studios, we want to encourage people to join.
We  hope people will come along to help us  promote this years Swindon Open Studios.

Registration forms to join can be obtained on the night or from the website:

Friday, 17 May 2013

Domestic Cherry Exhibition at Artsite until Saturday 18th of May


The events around this exhibition have been very successful, with last night's house party a sell out.
 I went in yesterday while preparations were underway for the evening of poetry, music and more.
Cheese and pineapple were being skewered by Lindsay and Hilda was checking the record player worked:

And on the walls, some great work, here is just a small sample:
'The Hooter' Ken White
 'Seal' Dee Levy
 'Outburst of Flower' Paula Sullivan

 'Big Red Tree' Super Extra
 'Big Red Tree' poem by Caroline Heaton

 'The Craft Mistress' Pei Lim

 'Shoes' Sally Taylor

 'This Glorious Land' song by PJ Harvey, artwork by Lynette Thomas, with a specially commissioned frame

'Coat No.3' Gillain Gray
And the latest addition to the Window Gallery exhibition is a piece by Gavin Salisbury, here's 'his' exhibition table, all but the birds by Tim Carroll:

Wednesday, 15 May 2013

Sharcott Manor hosted a Rare Plant Fair on the 12th of May

The Rare Plant Fairs are a great day out if you like plants and gardens and give you a chance to learn so much from the growers. In addition to buying plants, there's always a chance to expand one's horticultural know;edge. This time I discovered the time to take root cuttings from Pelaronium ardens is October, stem cuttings can also be taken at this time when trying to neaten up the plant. My specimen looked dead after spending winter in the garage, I was almost pleased because I haven't had much success with it, but it is now looking leafy, so I'll give it the suggested treatment in October. Photos here:
Here are a couple of the stalls:

 A walk round the gardens revealed a gorgeous Rhodedendron:
 Here's the stream running through the garden to the pond:
 Camassias about to flower:
Below a lovely Clematis alpina in flower:
And at the front of the house, the Euphorbias were glorious
Here's a close up of one:
Below the Magnolias
 And in a greenhouse a Datura, now called something else flowering freely:
To find out about the next Rare Plant

Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Artsite Steering Group Hosting a Meeting to Discuss Options for the Swindon Collection this Friday 17th of May at 7pm

 The Museum and Art Gallery in Bath Road currently houses the Swindon Art Collection and Museum artefacts. To join a discussion on the future of the Collection and the building, come along on Friday evening. Invitation and details below.
 What will happen to Apsley House if the the Collections are moved elsewhere?

Dear All,

Artsite are calling a meeting to discuss options for The Swindon Collection on Friday the 17th of May at 7pm.

The meeting will be at the Post Modern Gallery Theatre Square Swindon  SN1 1QN. 

All those who wish to give input to this important issue are welcome. We want to produce a document for submission to Swindon Borough Council as part of their consultation meetings in early June.

We look forward to seeing you at the meeting.

Artsite Steering Group