- Rachel Dein at Jardin Blanc (5/9/2017)
Rachel Dein has created a unique collection for the Jardin Blanc restaurant at Chelsea. All the pieces in this collection are cast using the plants and vegetables grown at Raymond Blanc’s Le Manoir – Oxfordshire for the Jardin Blanc restaurant at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017. Read more about the show here.
- Commissions for Raymond Blanc’s restaurant (11/5/2016)
I am currently creating a new collection of vegetable and plant casts, using the produce from the kitchen garden at “Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons”. The pieces will be hanging in the Jardin Blanc restaurant at Chelsea Flower Show in 2017.
- “In Bloom” by Ngoc Minh Ngo (9/30/2016)
There is a lovely chapter on my work in a beautiful book entitled “In Bloom” by American photographer Ngoc Minh Ngo – published by Rizzoli International in September 2016.
- The Joy of Spring exhibition at the Shirley Sherwood Gallery (2/15/2016)
In addition to Kew’s Heritage Trees ( 21 February until 9 August 2015) there will be an exhibition from the Shirley Sherwood Collection. The Joy of Spring will display paintings of spring flowers such as snowdrops, magnolias and camellias along with iconic spring blooms of daffodils and bluebells. Paintings and studies from both past and present will sit alongside one another in this exhibition including some of my pieces.
- RHS Hampton Court Show 30th June – 5th July 2015 (6/30/2015)
I have been asked by Claire Moreno, Amy Robertson & Wendy von Buren of VB Garden Design to make three pieces in white cement for their ‘The Wellbeing of Women Garden’.Here’s an extract from the VB Garden Design blog:
After months in the planning I am really excited to announce that myself and fellow Garden Designers Amy Robertson and Claire Moreno have had our design accepted to build a show garden at this year’s RHS Hampton Court Flower Show for the charity Wellbeing of Women. It’s in the Summer Garden category and at just 6×7 metres is small but hopefully its impact will be big!
Wellbeing of Women are a fantastic charity who over the last 50 years have funded much needed medical research in to a wide range of issues affecting women’s health such as ultrasound, IVF, cancer and miscarriage. Due to the therapeutic link between gardens and wellbeing an RHS Show seemed the perfect place to raise awareness of their work and the issues involved.
The charity asked for a feminine but unfussy garden with medicinal plants. The design is centred round a circular patio with stepping stones marking each decade of the charity’s work and a calming water feature from Urbis Design. There are panels of flowers cast in concrete by artist Rachel Dein to act as a beautiful but poignant memorial to loss and in sharp contrast a living wall by Biotecture which celebrates the babies and women thriving due to the charity’s work. The planting will be feminine and soft using medicinal, sensory and aromatic plants in purples, blues and whites to reflect the charity’s logo.
There has been a lot of hard work to get to this point. The garden started as a collaboration of 3 designers and has now grown into a wider collaboration of designers, contractor, sponsors and artists and the garden wouldn’t be happening without everyone’s time, goodwill and financial backing.
- Finalist in the RHS Chelsea Garden Product of the Year 2015 (5/26/2015)
- Gardens Illustrated Festival (4/17/2015)I will be giving a talk about her art at this year’s Garden’s Illustrated Festival, as well as exhibiting and selling her work.
Taking place in the Cotswold market town of Malmesbury 17-18 APRIL 2015, the festival will offer a fascinating programme of talks from leading experts and gardening VIPs.
In the grounds of Malmesbury’s sacred Abbey Cloister Gardens you’ll find a beautiful, traditional marquee, with a selection of exhibitors and suppliers of beautiful garden products. Plus freshly made teas, coffees and lunches will be served.
And while you’re in Malmesbury, don’t miss a visit to Abbey House Gardens with its formal knot gardens, woodland, riverside walks and spectacular tulip displays.
Full details of all events and how to book can be found at gardensfestival.com
- Workshop at Hampstead School of Art (2/20/2015)
I will be giving a one day workshop at Hampstead School of Art Friday 20 February 2015 from 10am – 4pm