Flower Power

7th – 13th October 2015

Janet Van Rensburg and Rosemary Swinson

  •  Visitors to our exhibition can expect a joyful celebration of colour in nature with our floral watercolour paintings and embroidered textiles.


 Janet van Rensburg, Society of Floral Painters

  • Throughout a fulfilling career in nursing I maintained a lively interest in drawing. I attended drawing classes and, as opportunity allowed, went on painting holidays.
  • My lifelong love of flowers directed my painting focus and the choice of watercolour suited me in every way. I endeavour to paint from life and to actual size although photographs are useful in extending both seasons and range.
  • I exhibit regularly and undertake commissions. My work is in the UK, Australia and the USA.
  • In 2013 I was awarded Full Membership of The Society of Floral Painters


Rosemary Swinson, Embroiderer’s Guild

  • I have been involved in arts and crafts for the greater part of my adult life and was a potter specialising in stone ware until 1995. Due to technical problems and pursuing my lifelong love of colour and fabrics I changed to textiles and embroidery when I took early retirement.
  • I did my City and Guild’s certificates and have been happily creating various wall hangings, bags and scarves since then. Since 2009 I have been fortunate in attending Ruth Issett’s courses in Shropshire which have opened up entirely new colour and textures.
  • I dye my own fabrics and threads and take my inspiration from the garden and hedgerows. I often piece together a wall hanging and embroider it in whites and creams and then dye it.
  • I love the chance effects from the unexpected. I also print my fabrics using mono printing and block printing techniques. I have exhibited in London, Lancashire and Gloucestershire.

Open daily 10am-5pm

Entry Free

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What’s Next?

  • Maintenance The east turret is in need of repair to prevent rain leaking in when the wind is in the ‘wrong’ direction. We hope to get this done during gallery downtime.
  • Hire Dates for 2022 The release of dates for hiring the gallery in 2022 is under review pending the availability of dates for events in the gardens.
  • New gallery layout

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