Arts in the Garden at the Walled Gardens of Cannington (June 2010)

Fiesta by John Candler and Kate SempleCloudless blue skies and the rhythmic tolling of the bells at the neighbouring Church of St. Mary the Virgin provided an enchanting backdrop for the private viewing of ‘Arts in the Garden' on Tuesday evening at Bridgwater College's Walled Gardens of Cannington.

‘Arts in the Garden' is an exhibition of the work of members of the Somerset Guild of Craftsmen including quality pieces of art in wood, textiles, pottery, glass and jewellery as well as prints and sculptures in stone and metal. The exhibition runs until Sunday 27 June and is open each day from 10am to 5pm.

In addition to the exhibition pieces on show, there are demonstrations, arts and crafts for sale and a furniture exhibition of work by Bridgwater College students, some of whom are practising furniture makers, from the City & Guild programmes in Level 2 Practical Furniture Making and Level 3 Furniture Design and Manufacture.

As the exhibition coincides with Carers Week (14 - 20 June), the draw for a charity raffle will be held on the last day of the exhibition, Sunday 27 June, in aid of Crossroads Care, a national charity with a regional base in Somerset offering support for carers of all ages in the form of support groups, trips for young carers, counselling and respite care.

David M Brown, Master of the Somerset Guild of Craftsman and himself an expert sundial maker and letter cutter, officially opened proceedings with a word of thanks to the Walled Gardens of Cannington for hosting the exhibition and welcomed the visitors to the private viewing. This is a return visit to the Gardens by the Somerset Guild of Craftsmen having held a very successful summer exhibition in Cannington last year. David Brown said, "The Walled Gardens of Cannington are a wonderful location in which to hold this exhibition and we thank Bridgwater College for allowing us to return for a second year. The beautiful surroundings bring to mind a mini Kew Gardens!"

The Walled Gardens of Cannington were officially opened by HRH Prince Edward just over a year ago and have since been accredited as a ‘quality assured visitor attraction' by VisitEngland, the National Tourist Board. As well as beautiful works of art and crafts, visitors to the ‘Arts in the Garden' exhibition will also be able to buy plants propagated at Cannington and garden accessories from the plant shop, and take some time-out for refreshments in the Tea Rooms.