Monday, 25 April 2011

Chateau Neuvic Plant Fair



Karen and I spent yesterday morning wandering around the grounds of the very splendid Chateau de Neuvic just taking in the atmosphere and admiring the wonderful stalls at the annual Jardin en Fete. A perfect day.



You see, it's one thing to visit a good plant fair, but altogether another when it's held at a beautiful venue such as this.



There were so many good things to see. Proper 'plantspeople' selling really interesting stuff. Below is the very amicable Monsieur Willy de Wilde who owns the excellent Pépinière du Lac des Joncs which I blogged about previously here.



But what really grabbed me were the metal sculptures created by an English fella, Bill Carter, who for a number of years has been creating wonderful garden art by recycling old farm and garden tools.



The wild Boar above caught my eye initially. It's just so cleverly done. Look at the back leg, it's an old adjustable spanner. The backside, a shovel, and so on. Was that not a stroke of genius to stuff it full of pine cones? Of course it was!



The Cockerel above, head made from secateurs, chin from keys, tail from different sythes, oh and a garden fork.



I was particularly 'grabbed' by the Mayfly. So much so I bought it, that's it there clinging to the side of the old cattle barn. If you want to see more of Bills extraordinary work, click here.



Of course a celebration of plants includes many things derived from them. There was even a little spice stall which specialised in infusions of all sorts. Everything you'll ever need to prepare a Tisane or that special brew.

Yesterday was a good day, a really good day.

17 comments:

  1. I love it when you show us pictures of your jaunts about; it's like we got to go with you...

    ReplyDelete
  2. What a fantastic day out. I love the sculptures. Diane

    ReplyDelete
  3. Me encantaría que por aquí hicieran algo asi de bonito. Gracias por mostrarlo.
    Un beso desde España
    LOLA

    ReplyDelete
  4. Oh what a perfect way to spend Easter Day :) The Mayfly looks great on that barn wall Rob ~ you must be delighted with your new purchase.

    ReplyDelete
  5. Yes, definitely an 'Altogether' different thing than a plant fair held in a parking lot, as might happen around here. Love the mayfly - good choice!

    ReplyDelete
  6. It’s a very rainy Spring day so I thought it would be a good time to check in on you and the other Blogs I follow. Can not be out in the dirt so I am here at the computer. Great to wonder around with you at the fair. So nice to see the season for looking and buying what we fancy for this year in the garden is in full swing. I did my wondering yesterday at the shore here at the Gardens at Waters East. Just need to wonder too now that most of the snow is gone and post a few photos of life returning. Really still have some on the sides of the roads in the country. I always enjoy checking in on you Blog. Pictures are wonderful. Jack

    ReplyDelete
  7. That does look like a perfect day! The climbing roses are magnificent. I love the boar and the cockerel. I bet my grandmother would have loved the latter too, she liked collecting roosters. The Mayfly looks great on your barn wall.

    ReplyDelete
  8. Thanks for showing us, Rob, as usual, it is the stuff of dreams and fancy gardening magazines. I love the pig, the use of old tools and the pinecones. You made a very wise purchase! :-)
    Frances

    ReplyDelete
  9. Thank you so much for this beautiful spring visit, I feel I am there. I have just found my "most favorite blog" ever!

    ReplyDelete
  10. This comment has been removed by the author.

    ReplyDelete
  11. I live in Texas, USA, and I love visiting your blog. Such beautiful photos!

    ReplyDelete
  12. *sigh!* Your posts on the Dordogne always make me long to go back there!
    I love the wild boar ....I can just imagine him up in the copse at the top of our garden! :)

    ReplyDelete
  13. The thought of purchasing way too many plants on the property of a Chateau is delightful. Have you hung your dragonfly yet?

    ReplyDelete
  14. I like your Mayfly purchase! Wonderful! Looks like a glorious outing.

    ReplyDelete
  15. It would be an absolutely wonderful day for me! I can't believe the fantastic sculptures, I'll have to remember to come back to show my hubby. Totally cool.

    ReplyDelete