Nathan James Dodd attended the Garden Press event on Thursday at the Barbican in London, a great chance for suppliers and manufacturers to meet the gardening press to showcase their existing and new products.
Garden Statuary comes in many forms, crafted in high quality materials, and David Coton chooses some busts, sculptures and statues that can create a genuine classical ambiance.
Their figures are inspired by Roman and Greek culture and mythology - gods, goddesses, emperors, heroic figures and mythical animals. Many are reproductions of originals at stately homes and museums.
Busts placed on pedestals and located around the garden can be tremendously effective. Caesar Augustus is portrayed as Commander-in-Chief gazing imperiously at his troops while there is also a fine bust of Brutus, Julius Caesar's assassin.
Roman emperors Antonius and Septimus are depicted in their finery and a distinguished Aristotle will not be be out of place among the other worthies.
Goddesses are represented by, amongst others, Andromeda whose life was saved by Perseus in Greek mythology, the stunningly attractive Helena, Venus the goddess of love and Diana the Huntress, both busts and full length statues.
Gods are thinner on the ground, but mythical figures such as Hercules, Eros and Apollo make an appearance together with Pan and his pipes. There's also a wonderful intoxicated and dishevelled Bacchus who can be joined by his enthusiastic adherent Bacchante.
In addition to these cast stone statues and busts, there are crushed marble and resin pieces – among them David, Venus de Milo and Aphrodite, the Greek equivalent of Venus - featured in classical poses with a smooth to the touch white alabaster finish creating a marvellous effect.
With many pedestals, planters, vases and other classical accessories to augment this selection of statuary, there is enormous scope for you to create a themed landscape that reflects classical personalities, myths and legends, bringing ancient Greece and Rome into your garden.
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