Tessa Spanton SWA Artist, tutor, writer


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Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Botanical Art Exhibition at Chenies Manor

ALSO AVAILABLE ONLINE after the close of the exhibition, please click
The theme for this exhibition at Chenies Manor is the Healing Power of Plants and Flowers and their relationship with medicine and other pharmaceuticals.

 All proceeds from the sale of the paintings will go towards creating a very much needed easily accessible garden for the hospital, somewhere  patients, their friends and families, and hospital staff, can escape to from the hospital wards, if only for a while.

The core of Chenies Manor dates back to 1460 and was visited by Henry 8th and Elizabeth 1st with their courts.
Opening times for the house and beautiful garden are here When open they serve afternoon teas. 

  I have a lavender themed painting in this exhibition

The Lavender Sampler (c) Tessa Spanton

The garden

Through the courtyard into the beautiful romantic garden

Some of the artworks for sale and the plan for the garden to be built at the Harefield hospital.

“A pure and intense joy, a blessing, to feel the sun on my face and the wind in my hair, to hear birds, to see, touch and fondle the living plants …. Some part of me came alive when I was taken into the garden, which had been starved, and died, perhaps without my knowing it.”
 Dr Oliver Sacks describing being wheeled into the garden from his hospital bed.

Cool jazz with cocktails and canapes

and a chilled out dog

 Here we are listening to a talk about the healing power of plants and their relationship with medicine and other pharmaceuticals as well as the therapeutic effects of being in a garden. I was both fascinated and inspired by this talk.

The physic garden at Chenies

A quiet corner with gentle drifts of flowers in soft colours