Art flourishing in Jan’s Bowland garden

A Chinese terracotta warrior re-created by Ceris Jones, one of the  artists exhibiting at 'Art in the Garden' on May 9th and 10th.
A Chinese terracotta warrior re-created by Ceris Jones, one of the artists exhibiting at 'Art in the Garden' on May 9th and 10th.

A beautiful six-acre woodland garden in the heart of Bowland will be the backdrop for the second year of “Art in the Garden”, now an annual event.

Last year over 1,250 people visited over a glorious May weekend.

Ceramic artist Jan Lord is again opening the gates of her idyllic tree-lined garden to 35 talented artists who will exhibit and sell their work during the event on May 9th and 10th.

Visitors will be able to meander through glorious surroundings while viewing the artwork and sit down to tea and cake.

Jan, whose own distinctive work with clay conveys her passion for the animals she studies from her studio window, has invited the artists to exhibit their work in marquees around the garden.

This will include paintings, drawings, ceramics, jewellery, wood turning and furniture, handmade bags, glass, ironwork, textiles and a master stone waller.

There are 12 new artists this year, in an aim to keep the event fresh for visitors a selection process allows new talent an opportunity to display their work

The garden was established by Jan’s parents in the 1970s and has opened several times over the decades under the National Gardens Scheme.

Spring Bank nestles in a wooded valley in the heart of Bowland, an area of outstanding natural beauty.

It now has over 150 specialist rhododendrons, magnolias and a fine collection of specialist trees.

In order to prepare the garden for the event, Jan has been working with her brother and father to repair hundreds of steps as well as ensuring the lawns, beds and bridges are all in good shape.

Jan said: “Opening the garden is a huge task, with over 375 steps to repair and maintain, as well as four bridges, lawns and beds to prepare.

“In the second year of this annual event I have managed to open a further area of around one acre of woodland with new steps and clearance allowing people access once again.”

Art in the Garden is open 11am - 5pm. Adults £4, under 14s free. Dogs on leads are permitted and

Refreshments available.

More details on Facebook www.facebook.com/artinthegarden and www.cowarkpottery.co.uk/art-in-the-garden