Jyll Bradley – Mr Roscoe’s Garden in the garden at the Bluecoat
Thursday 19 – Sunday 22 June 2008
The exhibit which won Liverpool a silver medal at last month’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show is on display allowing the public an opportunity to enjoy some of Liverpool Botanical Collection’s most precious plants and flowers.
Liverpool’s appearance at the 2008 Chelsea Flower Show – the city’s first in nearly 40 years – was a key part of the Fragrant project, a major commission for European Capital of Culture 2008 led by artist Jyll Bradley.
The Liverpool Culture Company commissioned Jyll to work as ‘artist in residence’ at the city’s Botanical Collection during 2007 and 2008 to uncover its 200-year-old history for the first time. Fragrant will culminate in September with the publication of a special book and accompanying photographic exhibition by Jyll Bradley at Liverpool’s Walker Art Gallery.
Mr Roscoe’s Garden was inspired by William Roscoe, who founded Liverpool’s Botanical Collection in 1803. Acknowledged as one of the city’s greatest sons, Roscoe’s passion for plants ensured that Liverpool’s Botanical Collection acquired international significance.
Dave Kelly from Liverpool city council’s Parks and Environment Service is the project manager for Mr Roscoe’s Garden. He said: “The project team is tremendously proud of their achievements, and rightly so; not only have they achieved an award from the most prestigious horticultural show in the world, they have also given recognition to one of our most important sons and our great city in our European Capital of Culture year.”
Following the Bluecoat, Mr Roscoe’s Garden will continue its tour of the north west, visiting the RHS Flower Show at Tatton Park, Cheshire between July 23 and 27; and Southport Flower Show between August 21 – 24.