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National Garden Scheme 2021

National Garden Scheme 2021

An exhibition of Sarah’s wall hung artwork

mosaic, relief sculpture and prints

will be on display


7th July – 18th September 2021

as part of the National Garden Scheme’s ‘visits by arrangement’ when visiting the gardens at

The Hollies

Rockhill, Clun, Shropshire, SY7 8LR


Admission £5.00, free for children

To arrange a visit telephone Pat & Terry Badham 01588 640805

The garden at The Hollies is approximately 2 acres at 1200ft which was started in 2009. Features include a kitchen garden with raised beds and fruit cage. Large island beds and borders with perennials, shrubs and grasses, specimen bamboos and trees. Birch grove and wildlife dingle with stream, rain permitting! Refreshments can be arranged at a local cafe in Clun (daytime hours)

The garden opens ‘By Arrangement’ from June – September. This means that the garden welcomes visitors on pre-agreed dates. Please contact the garden owners to discuss your requirements and arrange a date for a group or bespoke visit.

Tel: Pat & Terry Badham 01588 640805

10% of the sale of any artwork at this exhibition will be donated to the NGS. 

‘The Georgians In Stone’ Event 2021

‘The Georgians In Stone’  Event 2021

All being well with safety from Covid the event will take place at
The Old Vicarage
Church Lane, Bishop’s Castle, Shropshire, SY9 5AY

Saturday 15th May 2021

Due to Covid-19 related changes Sarah’s Georgian inspired garden sculpture and mosaic artwork will not be on display.

Bishops Castle Open Studios 2020

Bishops Castle Open Studios 2020

Due to Covid -19 ‘Bishops Castle Open Studios 2020’ has been cancelled and ‘The Georgians In Stone’ event has been postponed into next year.

Sarah’s sculpture and mosaic artwork
can be enjoyed in the garden & conservatory of the Old Vicarage
in Bishops Castle as part of the Open Studios weekend

Friday 5th – Sunday 7th June
10 am – 5 pm

The Old Vicarage,
Church Lane, Bishops Castle, SY9 5AY

Entry is free to all the studios taking part
and refreshments are widely available in the town.

On Saturday 6th June ‘The Georgians In Stone’ event is taking place
in both the church grounds and the garden of The Old Vicarage. Sarah’s  Georgian inspired garden sculpture and mosaic artwork will be on display.

Oriel Glass Studio will also be open in the grounds of the Old Vicarage. 

National Garden Scheme 2020

National Garden Scheme 2020 garden sculpture by Sarah Rintoul.
Sarah’s wall hung garden sculpture will be on display 
as part of the N.G.S. Open Garden weekend

The Old Vicarage
Church Lane, Bishops Castle, Shropshire, SY9 5AF
Friday 21 – Sunday 23 February 2020
11 am – 4 pm

Entry £3.50 for adults, free for children

Garden scenes created by Sarah in bas relief will be on display in the conservatory. The garden and conservatory will include artwork by other artists and Oriel Glass Studio, in the grounds of the vicarage, will also be open as part of the Bishop’s Castle Arts Festival, which coincides with the N.G.S. Open Garden.

Teas are widely available for all three days in the town.
On Sunday, teas are also available at The Old Vicarage.

The Old Vicarage extends to just over one and a half acres, the gardens include lawned areas surrounded by perennial beds and mature shrubs, an ornamental pond, orchard and romantic ruin, fragments of the lost thirteenth century church. Snow drops abound throughout the garden in February.

The National Garden Scheme opens beautiful private gardens for the public to enjoy for charity.  With the help of the garden owners, volunteers and visitors the scheme has donated £58 million to nursing and healthcare charities nationally. A percentage of the artwork sold at The Old Vicarage during your visit will go to the charities supported by the scheme.

Bishops Castle Open Studios 2019

Bishops Castle Open Studios 2019 takes place on Friday 7th – Sunday 9th June 10am – 5pm. It is a weekend of Art & Antiques, open for all to visit a range of art studios as well as artisan shops and cafes in and around Bishops castle.

Visiting art studios is a good opportunity to meet artists in a relaxed, informal way and find out how their art work is made and inspired. Sarah’s exhibition shows how her sculpture and mosaic work is created, as well as displaying finished pieces, cards, prints and commission examples. Her exhibition is wheelchair accessible, with off road parking and light refreshments.

For more information and map details please go to the Bishop’s Castle Open Studios website:

Alternatively leaflets can be collected from the Town Hall at Bishops Castle :

This event is sponsored by:

Thyme Cafe,
Chai Shop,
The Happy Bap,
Yarborough House,
The Poppy House,
Marlon’s @ No 18,
The Castle Hotel
Bank House

All can be found in Bishops Castle during your visit.

Architecture, Horticulture and Commemoration

Architecture Horticulture and Commemoration
One hundred years ago today, Captain Arthur Hill delivered a lecture to the Royal Horticultural Society about the horticultural work that was being carried out as well as that which had already been done during WWI in the War Grave Cemeteries, in France in particular.

In 2011 and 2018 I visited many War Grave Cemeteries across northern France while retracing the footsteps that my husband’s grandfather had taken as a soldier in and around The Somme during The First World War. The cemeteries we visited varied in style, terrain and size, some being vast. Each site had its own history and presence, which in some was palpable. The combination of horticulture and architecture as a means of commemorating the fallen struck me at the time and prompted me to research the approach, thought and effort put into them when constructed.

A hundred years ago, Arthur Hill was Assistant Director of Kew Gardens and Botanical Adviser to the Imperial War Graves Commission. He spoke of the difficulties of selecting and growing appropriate plants to represent all nations involved, the care needed along with a “definite scheme for beautifying our cemeteries in France … to the architects and horticulturalists is entrusted the proper designing and planting of the cemeteries, so that they may serve as worthy and permanent memorials for all time to those who … laid down their lives.”

A separate report by Lieut. Colonel Sir Frederick Kenyon – Director of the British Museum – had been submitted on 22nd November 1918. It addressed a range of issues and difficulties in choosing the style and treatment of the architecture and gravestones. It too referred to the work within each cemetery needing to ” strike the note not only of the cemetery itself, but of the whole of its commemoration to the fallen…”

The remaining text and photographs on this post are being restored.

The Forbidden City

The Forbidden City

The ‘Forbidden City’ is a painting inspired by a visit to the Chinese Imperial Palace in Beijing. Once the home of emperors and a centre for ceremonial and political government for nearly 500 years, it is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The guardian lions in this painting, with the cub and sphere, refer to dynasty and power. The palace architecture, sculpture and ornament are very impressive, creating a strong, commanding presence as you walk through the complex.

The ‘Forbidden City’ painting is on display for summer and autumn 2018 at
The Forum House Chinese Restaurant
52-54 Woollards Lane
Great Shelford
Cambridge CB22 5LZ

The Boat Race

The Boat Race - mosaic & sculpture in relief by Artist Sarah Rintoul

The Boat Race is an annual rowing race between teams from Cambridge University Rowing Club and Oxford University Rowing Club. The course of the boat race is just over four miles long and covers a stretch of the River Thames between Putney and Mortlake in west London. Thousands of people turn out on the banks of the River Thames each year to watch the spectacle and enjoy the day’s events.

To sense first hand the power and grace of rowing eights going by in a race is a wonderful experience and the source of inspiration for this wall hung mosaic. 

Congratulations to all those involved in this year’s success for Cambridge University Boat Club.

Commissioned mosaic triptych

This commissioned mosaic triptych of deer on a hillside was created for a lovely couple from Hertfordshire. We met when they come to see my artwork first hand, while it was displayed as part of Cambridge Open Studios.

Taken with the wall hung mosaic work in particular, they approached me with their interest to commission a wall hung mosaic triptych. After an initial conversation and pointing out aspects of the artwork that they liked most, they mulled it over. The project was progressed through an invitation to visit them, to get a feel for the room, their home and what they wanted from the mosaic. This provided a good understanding of the nature of art work that would best compliment these considerations.

“Thank you for planning, … creating and presenting us with a most beautiful triptych. It is everything we hoped for and more … not only does it display your talent as an artist and sculptor but your ability to compliment other neighbouring features in the same room.  With renewed thanks.” Christopher and Anne Goddard.