In lockdown I wanted to be outside as much as possible and all I wanted to do was go to my allotment as I don’t have a garden of my own. A dear friend has the most amazing garden, so I decided to photograph it through the seasons and take all my favourite elements from these images and put them into this piece.
The garden is divided up into different zones, firstly a patio with a round bright orange bistro table, then a lawn with flower beds and a winding path, next a greenhouse and vegetable patch and finally a garden studio with its green roof. As you step into the garden there’s a lovely shiny large Fatsia Japonica and a white wisteria that winds its branches around the pergola. This is buzzing with bees and smells amazing when in full bloom. There are huge blue/purple irises (one of my favourite flowers), a bay tree ball, a brick pathway and at the back of the garden is her art studio she works in everyday, it’s such an amazing space.
Last year was a time when venturing outside and being around other people was associated with risk. This garden felt like a sanctuary that was away from the pandemic, away from people and safe. I wanted to bring that outdoor space inside to be put in my window as if I was there myself.
Melissa’s Garden stained glass, framed for hanging
Size: 30cm h x 21cm w