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Living Garden Sculpture

Our readers who follow us on Instagram will know that we have seen lots of amazing garden sculptures recently. First, during our visit to the wonderful Abbey House Gardens in Malmesbury, where both the formal and woodland gardens are home to some wonderful pieces, and since, at the incredible Elemental Sculpture Park, Somerford Keynes. I will be sharing the afternoon we spent there, later in the week. Both visits have really inspired us to try our hand at making some sculpture for our own garden, this is our first creation, which turned out to be really simple to make.

 

Wonderful garden toadstool living sculpture, made from chicken wire, moss and succulents.

 

We started with an old piece of chicken wire, which we folded into four, and then wrapped around a bowl to give us a rough shape. Although we did then have to open the wire up again, to remove the bowl, I think it still really helped to get the basic form.

Wonderful garden toadstool living sculpture, made from chicken wire, moss and succulents.

Wonderful garden toadstool living sculpture, made from chicken wire, moss and succulents.

Wonderful garden toadstool living sculpture, made from chicken wire, moss and succulents.

We then simply filled our wire form with moss that we collected from a wooded area behind our house. The area we live in has a clay soil, and is permanently damp, so we have an abundance of moss. It is important to bear in mind, as with many of our native plants, that many species of moss are protected in the UK, and I would recommend that you only collect it with the landowner's permission, and in a way which is sensitive to the environment.

Once we had filled our shape, we simply folded the wire in, to hold the moss in place, then planted some tiny succulents straight into the top, using a pencil to make little planting holes.

Wonderful garden toadstool living sculpture, made from chicken wire, moss and succulents.

Wonderful garden toadstool living sculpture, made from chicken wire, moss and succulents.

Wonderful garden toadstool living sculpture, made from chicken wire, moss and succulents.

To make the stem for our toadstool, we used another piece of chicken wire. This time we folded the wire in half, and then rolled it up into a tube, lining the final third with a little more moss. We used bamboo canes to secure this to the ground, and to help secure our top to the stem.

Wonderful garden toadstool living sculpture, made from chicken wire, moss and succulents.

Wonderful garden toadstool living sculpture, made from chicken wire, moss and succulents.

Wonderful garden toadstool living sculpture, made from chicken wire, moss and succulents.

From start to finish, this project only took about half an hour. It was super easy to make, and it really does look fabulous. I plan to move it to a more shaded area of the garden, which will be a nicer habitat for the moss, and hope that it will continue to grow and develop over time.

 

Wonderful garden toadstool living sculpture, made from chicken wire, moss and succulents.

 

Wonderful garden toadstool living sculpture, made from chicken wire, moss and succulents.

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48 Comments

  • Reply Rhonda

    This is so cute and so “British” – I went to visit back in the early 80’s and fell in love with all things “Britain” especially the gardens and woodland areas. Wish I had the money to come back.

    October 27, 2016 at 12:59 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      You are so right Rhonda :) I love the ‘greeness’ of our countryside – I always miss it of I visit another country!

      November 3, 2016 at 10:23 am
  • Reply yvonne

    Wow this is so creative! I love it! Out of interest how did you get on with it over the summer?

    September 12, 2016 at 1:39 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      The moss has browned in some places, but the succulents are still alive so I think it’ll green up again over the winter :)

      September 20, 2016 at 2:27 pm
      • Reply Debbie Hoops

        When it begins to dry….mix green food coloring with water…put in spray bottle…and squirt away! I do this annually to some of my moss creations!

        December 22, 2016 at 6:38 pm
        • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

          That’s a fab idea Debbie, thanks so much for stopping by and sharing it with us x

          December 30, 2016 at 5:07 pm
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