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A new outdoor sculpture trail inspired by the botanical world will come to a Kent castle this autumn.

More than 30 outdoor artworks inspired by flowers, plants and gardens with the grounds of Leeds Castle will go on show next month.

The gardens at Leeds Castle Picture: Matthew Walker/Leeds Castle
The gardens at Leeds Castle Picture: Matthew Walker/Leeds Castle

Sculpture at the Castle: A Botanical Showcase, which runs from Sunday, September 5 to Sunday, October 3, will be a diverse display of abstract and figurative floral works by 13 sculptors created using materials from recycled plastic to industrial steel.

The sculptures will have a backdrop of trees in the Princess Alexandra Gardens, along the water’s edge of the Lady Baillie Mediterranean Terraces and among the blooms in the Culpeper Gardens.

Several have been created specially. Sculptor and master blacksmith Andy Hopper has made a giant metallic seed pod, and environmental artist Diane Maclean has created an oversized rose which changes colour in the light.

Purple Flora by Carole Andrews
Purple Flora by Carole Andrews

Kent-based artist Carole Andrews, who studied Fine Art from Kent Institute of Art and Design and is a Fellow of the Royal British Society of Sculptor will be joined by heavy industrial steel artist and sculptor, Simon Probyn, a gold medal award winner at both RHS Malvern Spring Show, whose work has also been featured on BBC Gardener’s World.

Among the highlights will be a sculpture from Richard Cresswell - a giant silver walnut leaf which will be located underneath the walnut tree close to the maze. The kinetic metal sculpture will move in the breeze.

Desert Flower by Simon Probyn will be part of the Leeds Castle Sculpture Trail
Desert Flower by Simon Probyn will be part of the Leeds Castle Sculpture Trail

There will be ‘meet the maker’ talks throughout the event and a pop-up Flower Bench on Castle Island, where visitors can sit in front of the croquet lawn.

There will be a floral-inspired trail around the grounds and weekly garden tours which last an hour and need to be pre-booked. Find out more at leeds-castle.com.

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