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Round and Round the Garden

Round and Round the Garden – A Celebration of Horticulture in Art

6th April 2019 – 29th September 2019

Wixamtree Gallery – Free Entry


Celebrate all things gardens and gardening in art. Explore our human fascination with them and how they have provided inspiration for artists. Pre-Raphaelite John Everett Millais saw gardens as settings for tragic love stories. Walter Sickert brought the garden inside for his still life pieces, while Joan Eardley braved the weather to paint Scottish wild flowers. Enjoy sensory installation 'The Wynding Wixam Tree' with various objects in burrows, nests and hanging from branches.


Many different ideas of gardens are explored in this exhibition using works by major artists from the internationally renowned Cecil Higgins Collection.


Working in collaboration with Christiana Payne, Professor of History of Art at Oxford Brookes University and puppet maker and storyteller, Andy Lawrence, from Theatre of Widdershins.



Join us in this celebration of gardens by sending us a photograph of a garden you love. We’ll be displaying them at the entrance to the exhibition and on our social media pages.


Send your photos to thehiggins@bedford.gov.uk or to our Bedford Loves Gardens Facebook Group http://bit.ly/bedfordlovesgardening


Round and Round the Garden Booklists

Enjoy a variety of garden themed children's books now available on The Virtual Library


Booklist for children under 6 years old.

Booklist for children aged 6 - 12 years old.


Events, Talks & Tours:


Garden Tours - Transforming the Gardens at The Higgins Bedford

Wednesday 3 July, Thursday 25 July, Saturday 7 September at 11.15am

Sunday 18th August at 2.15pm

Free - Booking Essential

Join our gardening volunteers on a guided tour of the Castle Close Gardens and the project to rejuvenate the gardens. Each tour lasts about an hour. Donations are welcomed to support the work.


Lunchtime Lecture with Professor Christiana Payne – ‘Round and Round the Garden’

Wednesday 19th June, 12pm - 1pm

Free - Booking Essential

Join Professor of History of Art at Oxford Brookes University, Christiana Payne, for a free lunchtime lecture of the Round and Round the Garden exhibition. This lecture is sponsored by Oxford Brookes University.


Round and Round the Garden Family Afternoon

Sunday 23rd June, 2pm - 5pm

Free Entry

Enjoy an afternoon of free garden themed activities for families on 23rd June, including a seed bomb workshop with Jane Perrone.


Your Garden Questions Answered with Jane Perrone, Kathy and Simon Brown

Sunday 30th June, 2:30pm - 3:30pm

Free Entry

Experts are on hand to answer all things gardening in an informal gardener’s question time with Jane Perrone, Kathy and Simon Brown.


Lunchtime Lecture Edward Bawden – Art and Gardening

Thursday 4th July, 12pm - 12:30pm

£3 (Concessions £2.50) - Booking Essential

Join Keeper of Fine and Decorative Art, Victoria Partridge, for a lunchtime lecture on 4th July from 12pm to 12:30pm and explore Edward Bawden’s favourite gardens.


To book your place or make a donation towards the garden project, please email thehiggins@bedford.gov.uk.