The 2017 theme of ‘Growing Today for All Our Tomorrows’ aimed to engage curiosity and a wonder for the natural world in people of all ages… We were blessed with glorious weather and a record number of visitors who came and enjoyed the usual beautiful plant stalls, delicious food, music and range of stalls and activities on offer. We had blacksmiths and their apprentices demonstrating their craft, as well as a number of local artists and craftspeople. More speakers and ‘walks and talks’ than ever before, with experts sharing their knowledge of gardening, bee keeping, foraging – a great deal of inspiration to encourage the next generation of gardeners! Meanwhile, children enjoyed storytelling in the woodland, a fairy door trail, face painting and messy cob building.
One of the highlights of the 2017 festival was the beautiful mandala, created by a leading land work artist, Kate Raggett, and our visitors. Kate designed and drew the outline of the piece and visitors contributed by filling in the pattern with recycled, reused and re-purposed items such as bottle tops, pine cones, shells and stones. The final piece was stunning and was the result of a great team effort. From the mandala on the east lawn, visitors wandered through gates into the wildflower meadow, following a meandering path through the flowers to sculptures and Hellens standing stones. The sculpture trail was such a success that it, and a mandala will be sure to return in another form for the 2018 festival!
We’d like to say a huge thank you to all of our wonderful exhibitors, visitors and supporters for making Hellens Garden Festival 2017 a huge success! The festival raised a fantastic £10,575 for St Michael’s Hospice and £3525 for ‘Back to The Wild’ projects.