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The Enormously Great Unusual Plant & Art Fair – 31st August 2014

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We are getting very excited about our upcoming Unusual Plant and Art Fair this year as we have a wealth of great exhibitors coming to spoil you with their incredible selection of plants and art works.

Here they all are listed below . If you would like to read more about any of them please do go to our website ,under the Event Plant & Art Fair ,where all the exhibitors are listed with links to their websites.

NEW ! Plant & Art Creche !
This year the local scouts group will be providing a Plant & Art Creche for all your purchases, as well as a handy run to car service for a small donation !

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FOOD
We shall be offering a great range of homemade food with the ever popular Shetland Lamb Burgers featuring on the menu, homemade soup and filled ploughman’s rolls. Delicious homemade cakes, scones ,teas ,coffees and Ice creams will of course be there for you to enjoy as normal !

Entrance to the Fair and the garden on that day is £6 adult, £3 child. RHS members are kindly asked to pay £4.80 for entrance to the Fair that day , Season Ticket holders can use their season tickets to come in for free !

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Plants: The ABC of

Great Nurseries
B :Beth Chattos nursery,Blue leaf Plants, Borde Hill,Bulls Green nursery,
C :Charleshurst Farm Nursery,Chris Ghyselen,Camolin Potting Shed, Copton Ash Nursery
D: Daisy Roots, Decoy Nursery,Diane Cole Hardy Plants,Dysons Nurseries
E: Eastcroft Roses, Essex carnivorous Plants, Evolution Plants
F:Forget me Not Plants
H:Hardys Cottage Garden Plants, Herbal Haven
K:Kevin Hughes Plants, Kings Barn Trees
L:Little Omenden Farm Nursery,Longacre Nursery
M:Madrona Nursery
N:Nymans Nursery
P:Penny’s Plants,Philip Johnson, Phoenix Perennial Plants, Pineview Plants , Plantbase,Plants from Venus, Plant heritage
R:Rapkyns Nursery,Rose Cottage Plants, Rotherview Nursery
S:Special Plants, Swallowfields Nursery,Sweetbriar Nursery.
T:The Garden House Brighton, The Plant Specialist
U: Usual and Unusual Plants
W: Wildflower Lawns & meadows

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Art and Crafts :The ABC of Art & Craft
A:Adele Scantlebury,Alison Chesman, Angela Evans,Anne Kelly Textiles, Annie McMullan
B:Bev Burt Ceramics
C:Ceramic Gardens, Chris Burchell Collins,Coalshed Pottery
D:Dave Unsted, David Meed,Debbie Siniska
F:Fibreactive, Fibrefrenzi
G :Garden Art & Sculpture,Gillian Hills, Glass Follies, Grenville Allen,
H :Handmade in Surrey,Hot Metal Works
J:Janine Creaye,James pilston Decorative Arts, Jill Stringer,Jola Spytkowska, Jose Heasman
K:Keith Windsor
M:Michele Carnie
P:Paul Cox, Pumpkin Palace pots and Slow Sew
R:Rachel Swift
S:Sue Samways Mosaics,Sarah Design,Sharon Norman,Studio 28 Mosiacs, Studio Shards, Sue Petty
T:Terry Guile, the Luddite, Tom Critchley,True Fair Trading CIC
W:Woven Oak

we shall also be joined by some super charities too – Sussex Gardens Trust, the RSPB , Sussex Wildlife Trust and HART

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Chelsea Fringe -The Headline Acts

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The Paper House herself

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With the paper garden in tow and now its attendant art gallery coming along for the ride !

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The gallery includes some amazing pictures which were so kindly sent to me by a teacher Lisa Wee and her class of pupils from a school in Nairobi ,Kenya… so here they are being exhibited in the garden.. the paintings will also join Anne Kelly’s exhibition in our grade room for the rest of the season.

When we thought about our week (31st May until 8th June 2014)  of paper related happenings,workshops and exhibitions  for the Chelsea Fringe down on the prairies ,we knew we would have wealth of stars to help us get into that groove and here are the best stars we have been able to line up for you

Pages by Stages : Alison Crosthwaite

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Prairie hens in paper kilns : Sabine Dahn

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alongside these stars are their co-stars

Anne Kelly : our talented textile artist  in residence who will be inspiring us with her textiles ,and guiding craftwork in paper ,textiles and beyond from the prairie wagon in the garden room

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Jill Tattersall  : an artist with an eye for paper making who will be helping you send out postcards from the prairies and who will be constructing concertina books to baffle and bamboozle and she will be showing you how to make your own Matisse masterpiece

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Jill Staples : a lovely local photographer working with images applied on to Japanese papers.She also makes beautifully colour co-ordinate photographic books

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Paul Cox: sculptor extraordinaire turning his hand to big paper sculpture

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Lydia Crook: paper sculptor whose work we shall be exhibiting via our virtual online gallery

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Julia Widdows : writer extraordinaire who will be promoting her books and will be running a win a book competition

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the ways of paper are many and mysterious.. And it is time for you to experience their many layers and latitudes..

And don’t forget the strangely challenging and wonderful Paw People exhibition by Tom Barker now showing in a marquee in the garden.

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On the High Seas

We are very much looking forward to the quirky sculptor Paul Cox coming to our garden this summer . And to kick start his season , he is  joining us for our Little Paper House on the Prairie event and shall be bringing some very large paper boats to float on our ponds and across the grassy swathes.. The seas will lap our shores !

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Who is he and what does he do?

Paul is an award winning sculptor specialising in mixed Media construction. He was awarded the Henry Moore scholarship to study postgraduate sculpture at the Royal Academy Schools, London. His sculptural work is represented internationally in public and private collections.

Paul lives and works in the South-east where he runs a workshop that produces his one off sculptural work and a range of affordable unique items for home and garden . Paul sells his affordable range directly to the public at craft fairs, art markets, open houses and gardens.

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He will be exhibiting in our garden throughout the summer and autumn and at our unusual plant and art fair on 31st august ! From larger commissioned pieces to smaller sized garden stakes and individual decorative pieces you can be sure you will be amused and captivated

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What other people say….

“The art world has been accused of taking itself to seriously, so its refreshing to discover an artist whose work has a tongue in cheek approach”.

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Sussex Life Magazine

“Art should provoke emotions and enrich our lives and Paul offers sculpture with an undeniable boyish charm that is infectious. It is impossible not to smile at, or interact with, his idiosyncratic style. paul’s sculpture thrives on a sense of play, but his work should not be regarded as a novelty. He is a dedicated artist who consciously chooses not to take himself to seriously, providing a breath of fresh air to the contemporary art market”.

Nicolas Toovey 2012

Read More about Paul Cox and see more images of his work on his website www.paul-cox.co.uk.

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