7 October 2021
Over the summer months the flower team at Kettle’s Yard have been gathering flowers for the House from the gardens at Murray Edwards College. In this blog post one of our flower volunteers, Rebecca, tells us more…
We (Sabrina, Nastasha and Rebecca, the Flower team at Kettle’s Yard) have had the absolute delight of experiencing the joy of the Murray Edwards’ gardens over the last few months, appreciating the work of Head Gardener Jo Cobb and team who have maintained the college gardens over lockdown.
To our delight, as Covid-19 restrictions lessened, we were granted access in the early summer to gather flowers for the arrangements in the Kettle’s Yard House.
We originally started using flowers from Murray Edwards in 2014, when artists Nina Pope & Karen Guthrie approached Jo, Head Gardener, about using flowers for their display in the Kettle’s Yard exhibition .
Flowers from the garden continued to feature at Kettle’s Yard in the 2015 exhibition : The Poetry and Art of Ian Hamilton Finlay with this beautiful poem adorned vase in which to place a posy.
As a result of this engagement we brought tours of the garden and the New Hall Art Collection to Castle Hill Open Day in June 2015, at which point we closed for the next three years for the redevelopment of Kettle’s Yard. It was at this moment that filmmaker Cary Parker captured footage of my colleague Sabrina gathering flowers at Murray Edwards for his film, which recorded favoured memories and moments of reflection in the Kettle’s Yard House by the team of Visitor Assistants, before the closure for development.
Sabrina picking flowers at Murray Edwards College. Film by Cary Parker.
We are very grateful to Jo and the team for all their work maintaining and nurturing the gardens and to Murray Edwards College for allowing us to share these beautiful ‘songs of the earth’ through the arrangements at Kettle’s Yard once more.
Here are some photos of some of the arrangements at Kettle’s Yard from this summer.