Knitted garden is a big blooming success at Honiton's THG

PUBLISHED: 07:00 21 May 2017 | UPDATED: 08:48 25 May 2017

Fiona Page-Turner and Gemma Girvan having tea at the Knitted Garden exhibition at The Thelma Hulbert Gallery in Honiton. Ref mhh 19 17TI 2579. Picture: Terry Ife

Fiona Page-Turner and Gemma Girvan having tea at the Knitted Garden exhibition at The Thelma Hulbert Gallery in Honiton. Ref mhh 19 17TI 2579. Picture: Terry Ife

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A huge woollen garden created by knitters young and old has landed at Honiton's Thelma Hulbert Gallery (THG).

Knitted Garden exhibition at The Thelma Hulbert Gallery in Honiton. Ref mhh 19 17TI 2581. Picture: Terry IfeKnitted Garden exhibition at The Thelma Hulbert Gallery in Honiton. Ref mhh 19 17TI 2581. Picture: Terry Ife

The life-size knitted garden is an exhibition called ‘Blooming Marvellous’, and is currently touring the UK.

More than 5,000 people created the garden, including families, knitting groups, schools, brownies and those with visual impairments and learning disabilities.

An inter-generational community knitting and crochet project, it initially climbed, crept and blossomed over three floors of Bournemouth Library.

The garden has also featured on the BBC’s The One Show.

Knitted Garden exhibition at The Thelma Hulbert Gallery in Honiton. Ref mhh 19 17TI 2584. Picture: Terry IfeKnitted Garden exhibition at The Thelma Hulbert Gallery in Honiton. Ref mhh 19 17TI 2584. Picture: Terry Ife

As part of the exhibition, which runs to Saturday, June 24, people who view it can add further knitted or crocheted pieces, meaning it continues to grow and flourish like a real garden.

The garden has involved people as old as 99, and children aged two.

Angela Blackwell, THG’s curator, said: “The gallery is blooming with flowers, trees, a knitted picnic and all sorts of little animals and insects.

“I love to see our visitors coming out with smiles on their faces. We welcome knitted donations - we also have knitting needles, wool and patterns at the gallery to create pieces to add to this exhibition and ‘grow the garden’ for when it moves to the next venue.

Knitted Garden exhibition at The Thelma Hulbert Gallery in Honiton. Ref mhh 19 17TI 2588. Picture: Terry IfeKnitted Garden exhibition at The Thelma Hulbert Gallery in Honiton. Ref mhh 19 17TI 2588. Picture: Terry Ife

“We have already received some beautiful donations including knitted flowers and butterflies and we will be working with local community groups to produce more.

“We are also encouraging visitors to come to our garden party this Saturday (May 19), where we will be making colourful pompoms to add to the exhibition too.”

Following this exhibition, the gallery will host the Evolver Prize.

This year, 100 selected works will be shown rather than the usual 50, to celebrate the 100th edition of Evolver, the leading Wessex arts and culture guide.

Knitted Garden exhibition at The Thelma Hulbert Gallery in Honiton. Ref mhh 19 17TI 2590. Picture: Terry IfeKnitted Garden exhibition at The Thelma Hulbert Gallery in Honiton. Ref mhh 19 17TI 2590. Picture: Terry Ife

Artists, photographers and designers compete annually for the prize of £500 and having their work published on the front cover of the July/August edition of Evolver.

Gallery-goers are invited to visit the exhibition and vote for their favourite to win the Visitors’ Choice prize.

Knitted Garden exhibition at The Thelma Hulbert Gallery in Honiton. Ref mhh 19 17TI 2592. Picture: Terry IfeKnitted Garden exhibition at The Thelma Hulbert Gallery in Honiton. Ref mhh 19 17TI 2592. Picture: Terry Ife

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