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Tony Smith

Tony Smith Artist and Garden Designer

  • Date Joined: 13 Mar 2009

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A New Hybrid at Chelsea

Posted by Tony Smith on 22 Apr 2010 at 01:50 PM

 The Easigrass Garden is almost finished, well in kit form anyway. It is being built in the yard and then dismantled into manageable sections. From here it will be transported to the show where it will be reassembled in double quick time thus allowing us to plant well before judgement day. It's important to allow several days for the plants to settle into their new surroundings. This really makes a difference.

While I was at the Easigrass office today discussing the finishing touches with Michael, who is in charge of the construction, Easigrass MD, Anthony Gallagher, read aloud a poem by his good friend and renowned poet, John Armstrong. The poem, entitled The Orchid, was commissioned by Anthony as a complement to the garden.

Now I will admit that at first I was a little sceptical, not that John would produce a great poem. No, I was concerned as I always am about how the different elements of the design will work together. I very rarely use sculpture or any other foreign adornments in my work. If I do, it's usually because the original concept contained them from the beginning, and the Easigrass Garden was not conceived with a poem attached.

In this case, however, as soon as I heard John's magical words read aloud I knew he had reached the very heart of my design, and the personality of the garden's fictional owner. So much so in fact, that I can't wait to see and hear John recite The Orchid in the garden at the show.

Unusually for me, I have no doubt that John's work will live and breathe not just alongside my own, but within it, as a perfect hybrid, taking the best from both parents and issuing forth new and unforeseen wonders.

Then again, perhaps I have been spending too much time hanging around with poets and artists.

Gardeners and artists? Now that's a question for another blog or a book or even a TV series!

Comments

James said:

Hello Tony,

Interested to read your comments about the connection between art and gardening as I have designed a garden to be constructed at Hampton Court Palace Flower Show with this same theme. If you are at Hampton Court this year do come and visit me in the small garden section. Hope Chelsea goes well.

James Callicott

on 25 Apr 2010 at 05:21 PM