Helen McConnell left Catford in South East London when the opportunity arose to rent a small flat in a Quaker community in Wells-next-the-Sea, North Norfolk. Her health was deteriorating in the big city.
Here she has created a beautiful garden in peace and quiet – which she uses for her work – carefully pressing flowers and leaves and making them into artwork.
The previous occupant was a sexton, who put a few old gravestones in the path for decoration. They merge beautifully with the flowers and plants, adding mystery, and merge beautifully with the pots and sculpted heads Helen brought with her from South London.
I returned to my pocket handkerchief sized garden in Barnes full of inspiration, even buying a spiral hose like hers that hugely impressed me, but my expertise at gardening has a long way to go before it matches Helen’s.