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Cornish garden features – artistic design ideas

If you’ve recently found the perfect property in Cornwall and taken up residence in your new home, you may be starting to imagine how you will make your mark on your own little piece of Cornish land! Luckily help is at hand, with some creative Cornish garden ideas from our team of home-making experts…

You’ll be spending a lot of time in your new Cornish garden, so investing in features inspired by outdoor art and design is a great idea.

Embracing the Cornish lifestyle to the full means enjoying outdoor living and supporting the many artisan makers we have working in the county. Why would you pick something generic when all these incredible local and bespoke garden feature design ideas are available?

Striking outdoor metalwork:

Using inspiration from natural and organic forms, Tom Leaper creates unique commissions out of sheet bronze, stainless steel, copper and iron. His work can be seen at St Michael’s Mount, at Tresco Abbey Garden on the Isles of Scilly, and marking the way for the South West Coast Path at Porthallow, to name just a few.

Based in Penzance, Tom also creates pieces on a smaller scale for private gardens and can be contacted directly for a consultation about making the perfect sculpture for your outdoor space.

Garden Bridges:

If your new garden has distinct separate areas, then take a look at the work of Matt Robinson, who creates bespoke bridges using sustainable materials and site-specific design.

The installation of walkways and bridges can serve a practical purpose by united different areas of a garden or making new patches more accessible, but also be pleasing and eye-catching in their sculptural design. 

Matt has won several awards for his contemporary garden bridges, as well as presenting a solo exhibition of his work at the Royal Cornwall Museum in 2010: New Buildings in Ancient Materials: Earth and Timber Structures in Cornwall by Matt Robinson.

Smooth seating ideas:

Cast from Cornish granite aggregate, Barrell Pebble Seats are the creation of Falmouth-based artist Ben Barrell. Ben’s artworks have been placed in luxury locations across the globe including Singapore, Dubai and Mauritius, but we think they look best right here in the Cornish landscape that they came from. 

They’re not the cheapest garden bench that you can buy, but they truly set the tone for a beautiful contemporary garden!

Shimmering Features:

The creator of these stunning fish sculptors is James Eddy – a former artist in residence at the Lost Garden of Heligan. 

Born and raised in North Cornwall, James creates location-based work in various materials, but these stunning metal shoals glinting in the sunlight have to be our favourite! Visit his website for information on private garden commissions.

Gardens To Visit For Ideas:

If you need some more inspiration before making your big decision, we recommend visiting some of our fantastic Cornish gardens to see what they’ve done with sculptures and structures. Take a camera and a notebook to gather your ideas…

Perhaps most famous is the Barbara Hepworth Museum in St Ives, where the artist’s sculptures still sit in the very spots that she placed them when working at her studio in the heart of the town. View her sculptures alongside her paintings and drawings in this permanent exhibition, which is part of the world-famous Tate Gallery.

We’ve already mentioned the Lost Gardens of Heligan as the workplace of sculptor James Eddy, but also keep a look out for the iconic Mudmaid, The Giant’s Head and Grey Lady. You’ll know them when you see them!

And finally, we can’t talk about sculpture in Cornwall without mentioning Trenmenheere – these tropical gardens are home to sculptures by more than twenty artists, including five members of the Royal Academy: James Turrell, Richard Long, David Nash, Peter Randall-Page and Tim Shaw. Keep an eye on the busy calendar of exhibitions and events on their website.

We hope you have fun choosing your own unique garden style! If you’re yet to purchase your new property here in Cornwall, get in touch with our friendly team or browse our current property listings.

For ideas about planning the planting in your garden, have a read of our recent blog post – Starting A Cornish Garden, and don’t miss our guide to Cornwall’s Most Beautiful Gardens.

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