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Artwork set against the background of the Botanical Gardens glasshouses
Artwork set against the background of the Botanical Gardens glasshouses

Home and garden showcase brings extra style to art festival

1 August 2017

For the first time this year, the annual Art in the Gardens festival will host a dedicated Homes and Gardens-themed area, featuring a huge exhibition of outdoor living and garden ideas.

The centrepiece of the area, created by garden design and maintenance company daVally, will include a range of outdoor furniture, a hot tub and contemporary outdoor kitchen ideas, as well as examples of paving, fencing, decking, ponds, turf and even a waterfall.

People enjoying Art in the Gardens, taking place at Sheffield’s Botanical Gardens on Saturday 2 September and Sunday 3 September, can explore the demonstration gardens and ask for help or ideas for their own space from daVally representatives.

Other exhibitors in the all-new Homes and Gardens area will include Dawson’s Yard, with a selection of plants including alpines, ferns, perennials, shrubs, herbs, edibles, bulbs and planted containers. Hand-made special pieces will be available, and vintage and antique garden items will also be on sale.

Hector and Cedric Eco Buildings will be showcasing their timber-framed bespoke outdoor furniture, and there will also be upcycled wood creations from Wood Reincarnation.

David Caborn, managing director of daVally, said: “We’re passionate about outdoor living and look forward to meeting anyone that wants ideas to make their garden unique.

“We offer a full range of services from simple maintenance to a full makeover. We take great pride in our work and are accredited installers for Marshalls, the UK’s leading landscape product supplier.”

The Homes and Gardens area will be located near the Thompson Road entrance to the Botanical Gardens, and open throughout the two-day festival.

Back for a 14th year, Art in the Gardens will see around 300 artists and craft workers exhibiting more than 4,000 pieces of their work.

The range of creativity on display includes photography, ceramics, textiles, print making, leatherwork, wood turning, glass work, jewellery, and sculptures in metal, wood, and stone.

There is also live music throughout the weekend, an Open Art Exhibition, a bustling market and the gardens themselves to explore and enjoy.

Councillor Mary Lea, cabinet member for culture, parks and leisure at Sheffield City Council, said: “Art in the Gardens is one of our premier events here in Sheffield and, with such a range of arts, crafts and live demonstrations, it’s easy to see why it remains so popular, year after year.

“But it’s important to keep the event fresh and new, which is why this year I’m excited to see the all-new Homes and Gardens area, which will bring an extra element to the range of crafts, antiques and bespoke pieces on show.

“I hope that people of all ages will come along to see the paintings and sculptures, browse the huge range of stalls and perhaps learn something new from the artists, craftspeople and jewellers who will be sharing their expertise.”

There are a limited number of spaces remaining for exhibitors in the Homes and Gardens area. To express an interest and find out more, email Julie Wilson on just.jules@ymail.com

For more information on Art in the Gardens visit the website here