Clay and cement garden statues are an excellent way to give a garden character and to create a relaxing atmosphere. For even more charm and character, a moss-grown garden statue can create a wonderfully antique or historical feel.
Of course, when buying the highest quality garden statues, it is very unlikely that they are going to come with moss “pre-grown” on them. However, it is actually a very simple – and relatively quick – process to persuade mosses to grow on cement and clay garden statues and garden planters, with noticeable effects in just a couple of months.
Firstly, you will need some samples of the moss you wish to cultivate, some buttermilk and a simple kitchen blender. Just mix the moss in the blender with the buttermilk until it is of a smooth consistency, not unlike thick paint. When this is done, wet the garden statues you wish to grow moss on and, using a normal DIY paintbrush, paint this mixture all over the areas of the statues in question. When you are finished, cover the statues in plastic and leave it in a part of the garden which is fully in shade all the time, adding more moisture from time to time.
In just 3-4 weeks’ time, moss will begin to grow more thickly over the statues, and in a few months, they will look like they have stood in your garden for generations!
Garden statues are – by their very nature – stationary items. After all, their ability to make a garden feel still, relaxing and peaceful is one of their most treasured qualities, whether they are water features, contemplative buddhas or depictions of mythical animals.
Something completely different is in store, however, for visitors to The Alnwick Garden in Northumberland, which next month will be hosting Still, a festival of “living sculptures.”
This event will see the garden statues overrun by a series of installations, produced by Newcastle-based circus outreach company Let’s Circus, all themed around the idea of human sculptures. Four artists have been tasked with creating art installations with “a live human element at the core” – all to be incorporated into the garden’s own landscapes.
As well as installations such as The Alnwick Butterfly and the Queen Gatekeepers, visitors will be able to interact with some exhibits, such as by “planting” themselves in giant pots as “human topiary.” There will also be a massive chess set for visitors to take turns as pawns.
If successful, the event will be held every year. For more details, log on to www.alnwickgarden.com, or call 01665 511081.
Police in East Cambridgeshire have warned householders to be on the look out again, after a spat of thefts targeting garden statues and other garden ornaments over the last few weeks.
Garden statues including a two-foot tall concrete elephant, plus a variety of ceramic pots are among the items snatched from gardens, detectives have revealed, adding that they believed the thieves would attempt to sell these on.
Other garden ornaments stolen included a sandstone dog, a three-feet high statue of a woman wearing a hat and pushing a wheelbarrow, a terracotta ball, cone and cylinder set, an urn on a pedestal, a three-feet high decorative Victorian chimney pot, metallic square planters and an ornamental chimney.
Detective Inspector Donna Wass told the local paper: “These are very distinctive items and some are very heavy, such as the concrete elephant which would have required more than one person to move.”
“I would urge anyone who knows who is responsible for these thefts, or has been offered these items for sale, to contact police.”