A real, growing 'Green Ship' is now in the Royal Horticultural Society's gardens at Rosemoor in Devon.
Based on the Green Ship in Quentin Blake's book of the same title, the play area was designed and built by the garden team at RHS Rosemoor, and was constructed to accompany an exhibition of Quentin's artwork which is now open in the Garden's lecture room. The exhibition features work - some originals, and some giclee prints - from five of Quentin's books. All the works have been chosen for their associations with gardens and the outdoors.
Five of the beautiful original works from Quentin's picture book, 'The Green Ship' are on show, along with six reflective watercolours from 'My Year' by Roald Dahl, an emotive look at the changing seasons around the author's Buckinghamshire home. Illustrations from 'The Wild Washerwomen' by John Yeoman complete the originals on display. Giclee prints of work from Quentin Blake's 'ABC' and 'You're Only Young Twice' (described by Quentin as 'for readers 60 and up') accompany these, together with a display of some rather more unusual Quentin-Blake-themed objects.
The exhibition is open daily from 11am - 4pm at RHS Garden Rosemoor, Great Torrington, Devon EX38 8PH between 26 May and 27 August. For full details, visit the RHS website.