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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 Events, Talks & Tours:


Garden Tours - Transforming the Gardens at The Higgins Bedford

Tuesday 9 April, Wednesday 15 May, Saturday 1 June, 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. Donations are welcomed to support the work. Each tour lasts about an hour.


Reminiscence Session: Round and Round the Garden

Thursday 11th April - 11am

Free Entry, £1 for Refreshments

Join the discussion, meet new people and be inspired by memories and stories of the past, based on Round and Round the Garden exhibition.


Lunchtime Lecture with Twigs Way – Art and the Suburban Garden

Wednesday 22 May 12pm - 1pm

£5.90 (£4.70 Concessions)

Booking Essential

Twigs is a lecturer, researcher and writer, who loves exploring the quirkier aspects of garden history. This talk looks at paintings that reveal changing aspirations within the garden, and the rise of the suburban artist.