William Hogarth Trust
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Garden developments

It has been a while since we posted an update here; more info can be found on our twitter account @HogarthProgress.

The Trust continues to support The Mulberry Garden Project at Hogarth’s House. One of our main tasks has been writing grant applications, over 30 of them now. Funds are still needed over the next frew years to support the learning and activities programme and the staff who will run them, as well as covering the shortfall in capital for the building and landscaping works. Hounslow Council has generously guaranteed the sums needed to enable work to progress.

The learning studio is nearing completion and work is in progress on the garden. New paths are being laid and the handsome frame for the hazel nut-walk had been made by artist-blacksmith James Price of East Chiltington and is now in place. It incoporates elegant serpentine bars echoing Hogarth’s “Line of Beauty” as well as iron mulberry leaves.I

Intsalling the nut-walk frame which will have a Georgian-style skittle ground at the far end. The new learning studio can be seen beyond

The nursery gardener who worked Hogarth’s House and part of the adjoining property as a garden ground in the 1890s had a small glasshouse against the north wall. A new one has been constructed on the same site, for use by the team of volunteer gardeners who will be recruited and trained to care for and present the garden for the delight of visitors. In the photo you can see the timber bothy taking shape; this will be the garden team’s base.

The newly-installed glass house against the north wall

A series of points in the garden have been given beautiful carved stone markers, commissioned from Fiona & Alec Peever Lettering and Sculpture. These will provide places for visitors to pause in a planned series of trails.

The beautiful slate markers made by the Peevers – spot the stable, the studio, the skittle ground, the mulberry, and so on

It is exciting to know that the building will probably be handed over in Deceber and a formal opening will take place in 2020.