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.
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.
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.
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.