The term "Hidden gem" has been used many times over the past few weeks at Wyndcliffe Court. "Magical", "stunning", "glorious" - are just some of the words used by visitors in their feedback. The reaction from the public since the Grade II listed gardens opened to the public on 3rd May has been one of shock that they didn't know it existed, awe at its incredible gardens and delight at the sculptures it has on show.
3,000 people have passed through their gates over the past few weeks and over 70 sculptures have been sold. Week on week the numbers increase, as the sunshine and flowers increase in strength also. Currently overflowing with azaleas in what seem like every colour, bearded irises, poppies, peonies, lilacs, clematis, apple blossom, roses and wisterias, the garden in full bloom is a stunning site. And the smell! Incredible. And there is still more to come, with the planting meticulously arranged so that flowering is spread out throughout the summer.
The Spring Elegance and Form Sculpture Show at Wyndcliffe Court Gardens only has 1 more weekend to go. The last day of the spring show will be Sunday 16th June so if you haven't been yet you must come to see these pieces before they go! By Friday 21st the pieces will be replaced with a splendid selection of new, exciting, original pieces of art.
With 37 sculptors, the summer show looks to be a wonderful mix of work, including some delightful bronze owls by Marie Shepherd, stone carvings by Fiona Peever and coloured glass works by Amanda Noble. There will be several hundred pieces in the summer show and it will be an exciting time seeing them all installed around the gardens.
Local artist Pat Yallup of Llandogo will be exhibiting a selection of her paintings in the tea room gallery for the summer show. She specialises in watercolour and will be including paintings she has made of the local area, all for sale.
A plant sale is now a permanent fixture at Wyndcliffe Court, with many of the plants on sale to be seen in the gardens themselves. The cafe is also thriving, with sculptor and organiser Christine Baxter's homemade cakes going down a storm every weekend. Baking non stop on a Thursday evening before every show she brings out scones for the cream teas, spiced tea cakes, flapjack, cherry and cocount cake, iced coffee cake, almond marzipan cake, guards club luncheon, date and walnut cake and who knows what else as they disappear so regularly!
Open Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays from 11am-6pm, Wyndcliffe Court Sculpture Gardens is free to enter, so you can return as often as you like. To find out more, go to www.wyndcliffecourt.co.uk, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01291 621242.