Knitters and crocheters aged 2 – 99 have created a life-size knitted garden, which comes to Thelma Hulbert Gallery (THG), Honiton this May as part of a national tour.

Over 5,000 people with a wide range of abilities created the garden, including families, knitting groups, schools, Brownies and those with visual impairments and learning disabilities.

As the garden tours the U.K., local people at each exhibition venue add further knitted or crocheted pieces so it continues to grow and flourish like a real garden.

The knitted garden is the brainchild of Pauline Stanley, who works as an Arts and Health Practitioner in Bournemouth. Her aim was to invite individuals and groups of all ages and abilities to participate in a community project, where knitting and crochet skills were handed down through generations and where knitting and crochet were explored as an art medium.

Bournemouth Libraries donated the original exhibition space, collected donated wool, and purchased knitting pattern books for participants to loan. The Home Library Service even delivered wool, needles, and patterns to housebound participants so they could take part too.

Angela Blackwell, THG Curator said,

This exhibition has really unlocked people’s creativity. You have to admire the scale of it. There will be activities at the gallery to create pieces to add to this exhibition and ‘grow the garden’ for when it moves to the next venue. Kids and grannies love it equally. It will bring a smile to everyone’s face!

Blooming Marvellous – a community exhibition featuring a knitted garden (6 May – 24 June 2017). Open Tuesday to Saturday, 10am to 5pm. Free admission, donations welcome.