Malleny Garden is located in Balerno, an Edinburgh suburb which lies 8 miles south west of the city centre.
I’d visited the garden a few times in the past, the most recent occasion being around 12 years ago. I’d been to the nearby Jupiter Artland sculpture park in the morning. I thought that Malleny Garden would be a good place to eat my picnic lunch. It was a good choice. I was hungry when I arrived at the garden. I was immediately attracted to the bench behind some yellow flowers.
It was lovely inside the green house.
There were even some seats for a wet or colder day.
There were some pretty flowers bordered by red bushes.
The yew trees are around 400 years old.
Malleny Garden has a heritage collection of roses. Very few were in bloom when I visited in late July.
Malleny Garden is open every day from 10am to 5pm (or dusk if earlier). There’s a toilet in the garden.
08Despite driving past many times, I had never had of Dr Neils Garden prior to attending an art exhibition there. The location is very scenic on the shore of Loch Duddingston a the foot of Arthur’s Seat.
The garden was created in the 1960s by a wife and husband, Drs Nancy and Andrew Neil, who were local GPs. Some patients of the GP practice volunteered to work in the garden, while others spent time in the garden during their recuperation. The Neils both died in 2005, but had already set up Dr Neil’s Garden Trust to ensure the continuation of the garden.
Not only was there an art exhibition on the Saturday morning when I visited, there were also members of a local art club painting in Dr Neil’s Garden.
The art exhibition was held in Thomson’s Tower on the shore of Lake Duddingston. It was designed by the architect William Henry Playfair, as a storage facility for Duddingston Curling Society.
In 2012 the Physic Garden was created to commemorate the Neils.
Below are some more photos of Dr Neils Garden.
I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to Dr Neils Garden in Edinburgh and plan to visit regularly.
Neil’s Garden is open every day from 10am to dusk. It’s usually free to enter, with donations welcomed. But there may be an entrance charge during special event, so check before you visit.
Much of Shaw’s art is inspired by the Old Masters. In the photo below, you can see Lucas Cranach’s An Allegory of Melancholy on the left, and Raqib Shaw’s take in his Allegory of Melancholy.
I have to say that I was really impressed with intricacy of the work, and colours of the enamel paints used to create the works. To illustrate this, there are two close-ups of the work below under the photo of the whole work.
The golden light streaming into the top of Kashmir Danae is dazzling.
I attending the June Drawing Room art workshop which was held in the Raqib Shaw exhibition rooms. I was so transfixed by the art, that I didn’t really concentrate of trying to create my own piece inspired by the exhibition.
The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art is open daily from 10am to 5pam. It’s free to see Raqib Shaw| Reinventing the Old Masters exhibition.
I love fabrics, which is one of the reasons that I enjoying creating collages. I was really looking forward to seeing the Liberty Art Fabric & Fashion exhibition, and I was not disappointed.
I loved the Liberty fabric shoes.
The embroidery on the Art Nouveau style dresses was beautiful.
Admission prices are £9 for adults, £7 for students and unwaged, under 16s are free (but must be accompanied by an adult). Dovecoat Studios is open daily from 10.30 to 5.30pm during August. For the rest of the exhibition, the studios are closed on Sundays.
I was really glad that I arrived at Jupiter Artland soon after the opening time of 10am, as I had the ballroom, in which the rotating Red Independent Heart was suspended from the beautiful ceiling, to myself.
In the garden outside the ballroom was a giant sculpture of a high heeled shoe called Carmen Miranda.
It was constructed with stainless steel cooking pans.
There was a collection of ceramic animals, covered in crochet and lace, on the first floor of the Steadings Gallery.
My favourite was the frog.
The wolf’s mouth was so large that it reminded me a crocodile.
I wasn’t so keen on any of three pieces on the ground floor of the Steadings Gallery.
The one below looked like a kitsch take of a Roman fountain.
The blue one was suspended from two large stainless steel shower heads.
The piece below had too many different patterns for my taste.
The first thing which I observed upon entering the Talbot Rice gallery was that there was so much more light coming in. That’s because the gallery windows had been opened up.
I really liked the flora and fauna inspired paintings in the Green Man exhibition.
It’s free to see the the Green Man exhibition by Lucy Skaer. During July and August the Talbot Rice gallery is open Monday to Friday 10am to 5pm, Saturday and Sunday 12 noon to 5p. But during September the gallery is shut on Sundays.
I’d been intending to visit the Art of Glass exhibition for a while. I did pop into the National Museum of Scotland one day before meeting our son for lunch, but I couldn’t find the exhibition. It’s on the third floor in the new extension.
My favourite exhibit was the Glass Cyphers installation by Griet Beyaert and Paul Miller.
Below are more photos of the Art of Glass exhibition.
It’s free to get into the Art of Glass exhibition. The National Museum of Scotland is open daily from 10am to 5pm.
Victoria Crowes paintings are featured in the Beyond Likeness exhibition at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery in Edinburgh until 18 November 2018. It’s free to enter. The gallery is open seven days a week from 10am to 5pm.
Jenny Saville’s paintings dominate the exhibition. Not just because of their large than life human subjects, but the gallery space given over to Saville’s work.
I was less keen on Saville’s most recent paintings. They had lots of what looked like scribbles all over them.
I loved Catherine Street’s work, which isn’t that surprising, given that I am a fan of collage.
I also liked Sara Barker’s fusion of painting and metal sculpture.
Catherine Borland’s foam sculptures weren’t my cup of tea.
I liked Robin Rhode’s colourful pieces, which adorned the walls of the corridor.
If you’re a fan of contemporary art, I recommend a visit to the Now Three exhibition at the Scottish National Gallery of Art. Its’ free to enter and the gallery is open seven days a week from 10am to 5pm.