A city girl moved to the country. A Diploma in Horticulture (Parks and Gardens), a Diploma in Fashion Design (pattern making), a degree in Communication (Journalism)...the perpetual student of life
Published July 24th 2016
Art and garden sculpture in the country
A drive in the country around Daylesford and Ballarat may take you along the Midfield Highway and to the gates of the Overwrought Garden and Gallery at Blampied.
On a trip to nearby Castlemaine, this is what happened to me. The overwrought Garden and Gallery beckoned to me and I could not resist.
Ample car parking spaces were available as we drove into the gates and there seemed to be plenty of space for buses or cars with caravans. The entrance is easily found and very accessible with metal sculptures on display to tempt you and pique your interest as you walk in.
The quality of the work on display is marvellous and works vary from tiny cut-outs of Fairy Wrens and other native fauna to large scale creations for making that statement in your garden.
There is wall art, garden art, ceramics, photography and jewellery available for sale and there is a wide variety of each of these. Prices are affordable with the small, metal Fairy Wren sculpture I bought costing $10. As you would expect, large pieces command a decent price but the quality and originality of the pieces make the prices satisfactory.
I was most impressed with the layout of the space, both indoors and outdoors which were easy to navigate with an elderly person in tow. The outdoor area has views over a large pond which makes a nice spot to catch some fresh air on a long trip.
I will be making a trip back closer to Christmas to purchase some Christmas presents and if you are heading in that direction I'd urge you to stop, even if just for a look at the beautiful pieces of art on display.