The thing I like about a garden visit is occaisionaly coming across an unexpected treasure that wakes up my creativity.
I was expecting to see a handsome garden and good plants when we visited Mottisfont garden a couple of weeks ago, but them I came across this just outside the tea-room.
You can probably see that it’s an upside-down tree root, more precisely it’s a wild cherry ( Prunus avium), blown down in the gales of 1987.
Fortunately someone had the forsight to see it’s natural beauty and a Mottisfont Estate Forester removed the decay (it had bacterial canker) and debris to reveal it’s natural shape.
Using a tree root as sculpture is not a new idea, you’ve probably seen it before, but it’s done so well here. It’s positioned nicely in the corner too, contrasting with the section of flint wall behind, deceptivly simple.
Apparently the rest of the tree generated some very fine timber, so it was a very productive tree.
It’s a nice sustainable story, growing on the estate providing shelter and food for wildlife and then being transformed into a piece of sculpture in it’s next life.
I want one too.
images: Jill Anderson