I can't think of a better way to celebrate a perfect St. George's Day yesterday than a trip to Lacock with Threadspider to see the International Garden Photographer of the Year exhibition. This features the results of the first IGPOTY competition held in 2007/2008 and Lacock Abbey is one of the few venues chosen to show these photographs. Where could be better than the garden where William Henry Fox Talbot experimented with his Pencil of Nature? The photographs were breathtaking and a number of the finalists demonstrated that it takes only a back garden and a keen eye to take a winning image, such as the stunning portrait of a grass snake taken by David Maitland in Calne - a mere 10 miles from here.
Ever since I'd known this exhibition was coming to Wiltshire I'd been intrigued as to how it would be staged in the open air. It looked like the images were printed onto a waterproof board - there was no sign of lamination. I also liked the sinuous path that the exhibition took through the centre of the garden with a boardwalk to keep those feet off the grass, plus the play of the tree's shadow on the photographs echoing the tree in the overall winning image. With hardly a soul in sight there was plenty of time to marvel.
We also explored the rest of the garden where the highlights were the frou-frou tulips in one corner and a jealous peek at the walled allotments the local villagers get to tend. There was the scent of wild garlic and magnolias in the air and the light was just perfect: that spring moment when it highlights the vibrancy of the fresh green growth on the trees and slants through the flowers so they shine outwards.
The exhibition is at Lacock until the 3rd of May, or you can have a sneaky look here, where you will also find details of this year's competition.