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Art Exhibition, Sat 20 Oct - Sat 3 Nov 2018, free entry

Cow Parsley at East Ruston Gardens

Cow Parsley at East Ruston Gardens

This large sculpture was commissioned by Christine Walkden on the BBC's Gardens from Above for East Ruston Gardens.


Toby Winterbourn is an artist blacksmith based in North Elmham, near Dereham in Norfolk. He has been exhibiting his mild steel sculptures at Gallery Plus for the last four years and they have proved to be enormously popular. As a result, he’s been invited to stage a major exhibition where you will be able to see and purchase a huge range of his metal garden sculptures, in all shapes and sizes, based on wild flowers and organic forms including ferns, cow parsley, bluebells, and foxgloves.

After moving to Norfolk from London in 2002 where he worked as a postman, Toby worked for four years with a Norfolk blacksmith making candlesticks and items for the home. He later worked in metal fabrication and agricultural engineering before returning to traditional and restoration blacksmithing. Whilst restoring old gates, he enjoyed making the decorative leaves and flowers which often feature and started thinking about his own designs and how they may be translated into garden sculptures.

Living in Norfolk and walking on the North Norfolk coast he is inspired by the wild flowers that grow in the hedgerows. Seeing the silhouette of dried cow parsley by the side of the road gave him the idea for his first large sculpture. ‘Gone to seed’ was a scaled-up 10ft tall cow parsley which was shown at Elmham House Sculpture Trail as part of Norfolk Open Studios and later at Savill Gardens in Windsor. He used over 1000 old nails to make the seed heads and rusty tubes for the stems.

Previous public commissions have included a pair of gazebos with a fig leaf design for Felbrigg Hall, a large foxglove for Pensthorpe Nature Reserve, and Cow Parsley sculptures for both Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital and East Ruston Old Vicarage, the latter of which was featured on the BBC’s ‘Glorious Gardens from Above’ with Christine Walkden.

Toby’s sculptures usually start with small component details heated and shaped in the forge, which are welded together to make much larger pieces. He likes to use hardware in different ways, such as flattened screws to make each wiggly-edged leaf of fern fronds. He works mainly with steel which he either leaves to rust or galvanises with a zinc coating, depending on where it will be sited.

WILD by TOBY WINTERBOURN will feature new works based on coastal flora and fauna, along with some old favourites, and opens with an all-day preview on Saturday 20th October from 10am – 4pm, when Toby will be present to welcome you with a glass of Prosecco, and continues until Saturday 3rd November. Open Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-4pm, plus Sunday 21st and Monday 22nd October.

Not to be missed!

Coach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (no fee)Facilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsAccepts groups

Children welcomeDisabled access

Event details

Dates Times
Sat 20 Oct - Sat 3 Nov 2018
Tuesday - Saturday 10am-4pm, plus Sunday 21st and Monday 22nd October


Free entry

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Sat 20 Oct - Sat 3 Nov WILD by Toby Winterbourn
Sat 20 Oct - Sat 3 Nov Toby Winterbourn Garden Sculptures


Warham Road,
NR23 1QA


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Map reference: TF 922430  Lat: 52.94993 Long: 0.85944

Gallery Plus is just east of Wells on the A149 North Norfolk Coast Road, at the junction to Warham, Wighton and Walsingham.

Parking: free

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  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Disabled accessDisabled access