In June the hidden village of Coddington near Ledbury opens its gardens to the public as part of the NGS Open Gardens Scheme. Local couple Meg and Brian Taylor invited Victoria Westaway to show her garden sculptures in and around this beautiful garden, with its generous mixed borders lavishly planted with shrubs, roses, perennials and bulbs. There is a pleasant walk through paddock which leads to a tranquil path through 5 acres of mature woodland. The garden has a wonderful wildlife pond and native flower patch and there are lovely views of the Malvern Hills.
Coddington Cross Sculpture Garden near Ledbury, Herefordshire showing local willow and wire artist Victoria Westaway's garden sculptures.
Garden sculpture exhibition featuring laying willow sculpture figure by lily pond with willow ducks in Coddington Cross Sculpture Garden near Colwall, Malvern.
Ledbury artist Victoria Westaway created her signature sculpture piece The Willow Reader exhibited here amongst the delightful flowers in this wonderful sculpture garden.
Willow Hen sculptures through a flowering Magnolia Tree, part of the Ledbury artist Victoria Westaways exhibition of willow sculptures in the hidden village of Coddington close by the Malvern Hills.
A flock of willow hens form part of the sculpture collection exhibited in the shadow of the majestic Malvern Hills during the NGS open gardens event at Coddington near Ledbury.
Unique figurative willow sculpture performing a handstand captures the essence of movement artistically frozen in time. Here Malvern Hills artist Victoria Westaway demonstrates how a static figurative sculpture portrays the power of movement and energy.
Dabinett the Ram willow sculpture by Herefordshire artist Victoria Wesataway, so named after the traditional English cider apple, a favourite with Somerset born willow artist Victoria Wesataway (as is Cabernet Sauvignon).
Still on the Dabinett cider apple theme, here are three giant cider apple sculptures originally created by Ledbury artist Victoria Wesataway in celebration of the Big Apple cider celebrations.
When isn't art fun; take-two handstands and enjoy the pose. Malven artist Victoria Westaway loves to see her art being accessible to all ages, 'nothing warms my heart more than seeing people interacting with my figurative sculptures - that's my inspiration', says Vik.
Inspired by children playing Ledbury artist Victoria Westaway has captured the quintessential English garden summer scene by adding figurative willow sculptures of playing children - spot the lazy willow kid by the wildlife pool.
Here we have the ever popular Willow Reader now established as Ledbury artist Victoria Westaways signature piece. This particular willow sculpture was bought locally and now enjoys pride of place in a near by Colwall garden.
Back to the cider theme with a picture of Keith the Wassailer guarding the gate to the forest walk. Keith & Mick, so named as they reminded an art collector of a certain rock band, are a pair of figurative sculptures, sadly separated as Keith now adorns the art collectors Herforshire garden - poor Mick in need of a venue!
Wildlife lily pond at Coddington Cross Sculpture Garden with the great crested newt (Triturus cristatus) on leaf - well it would be had the wildlife photographer been quicker! Fortunately the handstand figurative sculpture kept the pose for the camera before diving in.
Whether Elizabeth Barrett Browning, 'How do I love thee? Let me count the ways', or John Masefield, 'The meet was at The Cock and Pye', the Willow Readers interest is singularly intense and locally focused on Ledbury - poetically speaking!
Doubtful if you'll find these in the Herefordshire Pomona catalogue commissioned by the Woolhope Naturalists' Field Club. Never-less Robert Hogg and his daughters Alice Blanche and Edith Elizabeth would have appreciated the art of Hereforshire artist Victoria Westaways Giant Cider Apples.