Six on Saturday | Scarecrows

A very different Six on Saturday today.  A week or so ago I visited the Trengwainton Gardens near Penzance mainly to have a look at the wonderful Scarecrow exhibition in the Walled garden. They hold it every year and with a different theme each time and this year’s theme of Inspirational Women commemorates 100 years since some women received the right to vote.

  1. Beatrix Potter.  She was born on 28 July 1866 in London and grew up to be a writer, illustrator, farmer and conservationist. She wrote over thirty books including her much loved Tale of Peter Rabbit. With the proceeds of the books and a legacy from an aunt she bought several farms in the Lake District and was a fierce campaigner in issues about conservation. When she died in 1943, aged 77, she left 4,00 acres of countryside to the National Trust as well as fourteen farms.
  2. Jane Goodall was born on 3 April 1934 in England. She is a primatologist and anthropologist, renowned as a world expert in the study of chimpanzees, spending many years sitting amongst them and observing their behaviour. She set up the Jane Goodall Institute which empowers people in the conservation and development of their communities, along with a global education programme for young people called Roots and Shoots.
  3. Venus Williams was born on 17 June 1980 in the USA. Together with her sister Serena they have a remarkable tally of Grand Slam titles. Between them they have inspired a new generation of power and athleticism in women’s tennis.
  4. Emmeline Pankhurst was born 14 July 1858 in Manchester England. She founded organisations which fought to allow married women the right to vote in local elections. They became known as suffragettes and suffered arrests and hunger strikes as a result of their cause. In 1918 voting rights were granted to women over the age of 30.  Emmeline died in 1928 shortly after women were granted equal voting rights with men.
  5. Marie Curie was a scientist who was born on 7 November 1867 in Poland. She moved to Paris to pursue her scientific studies and developed the theory of radioactivity discovering two new elements: polonium named after her homeland, and radium. She was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize and the first person and only woman to win it twice and in two different sciences – physics and chemistry.
  6. Coco Channel (real name Gabrielle) was born on 19 August in Paris, France. She grew up in a convent surrounded by nuns in black and white and these colours influenced her fashion designs including the iconic ‘little black dress‘. Coco also designed handbags and perfume. She is the only fashion designer listed on TIME magazine’s list of the top 100 most influential people of the 20th century.
    I might possibly be bending the Prop’s rules a bit here, but they are all located in a lovely walled garden, the exact size of Noah’s Ark.

Source: All text is from the accompanying plaques in the garden. The characters themselves were the inspiration of artist John Keys and the local school children he worked with.

See here for the participant’s guide.

Six on Saturday


36 Comments Add yours

  1. Tish Farrell says:

    Great stuff. I need these fine women up at the allotment. Jane Goodall to deal with the wild life and Marie Curie to look into the strange constituents of our soil. Have often said it’s like post-nuclear waste.

      1. janesmudgeegarden says:

        Inspirational women all of them, and a terrific idea to celebrate them in this way!

  2. Hi.
    Wow, thanks for sharing. This must’ve been a wonderful exhibition to see, so very creative.

    1. Heyjude says:

      You are very welcome Debs.

  3. What a great post! And a great idea for Fall! And I like your new blog look too!

    1. Heyjude says:

      Not a new look, but different to my Travel blog (I have three blogs) so maybe that’s why it looks new. I also vary between image and standard views – this is the standard.

  4. Pit says:

    ow that’s a great idea – these scarecrows! Thanks for taking me there, and have a great weekend,

    1. Heyjude says:

      Thanks for accompanying me Pit 🙂

  5. I love these! I’ve wanted to make a scarecrow for my garden for many years, but haven’t done it because I am afraid it will be vandalized (by people). These take scarecrow-making to a whole ‘nother level – something to truly aspire to someday.

    1. Heyjude says:

      They work very hard on the designs and I am sure the kids must have a lot of fun making these, as well as learning a lot.

      1. Wow, I didn’t realize that children had made these!

  6. fredgardener says:

    So unusual Six, but interesting to read though …. My first impression when I looked at the thumbnails before, was that you had a wasp or hornet nest your garden and that you had used masks and protections …😂

    1. Heyjude says:

      Not much in my garden that hasn’t already been seen, but I’ll try and do a wrap-up next week.

  7. restlessjo says:

    Enormous fun! Just having a quick peak. On the bus home with aching feet. Can I pop in for tea? Nothing doing at ours 😃😃

    1. Heyjude says:

      I’m sure you must have found something by now!

      1. restlessjo says:

        You’ll laugh! A pastie. Not Cornish 🙂 🙂

  8. Sue says:

    Oh, aren’t they just marvellous!

    1. Heyjude says:

      They are very cleverly done – a couple more on the Pink Squares (well one you have already seen, but one more to come).

  9. So clever, and such a very fine theme!

    1. Heyjude says:

      I thought you’d like this year’s theme 🙂

  10. March Picker says:

    Fascinating! Those took lots of thought and effort. Thank you for sharing them all with us.

    1. Heyjude says:

      They are usually very good, but I sometimes forget to visit!

  11. Robyn Haynes says:

    I love these ‘scarecows’ Jude. That they were the work of kids is even better. The grandies and I recently made a ‘fertility goddess’ on my trip down south. They wrote messages on her jeans to thank their great aunt for her hospitality – very special.

  12. One Man And His Garden Trowel says:

    That was really interesting and I learnt stuff too!

  13. Tina Schell says:

    How very clever! Enjoyed the amazing scarecrows Jude

  14. Lignum Draco says:

    Lovely creations. Is this a charity event, Jude?
    So this is the Noah’s Ark walled garden. So does Venus have a full sized tennis court to play on?

    1. Heyjude says:

      Not a charity event. just something they do each year. Yes. The walled garden is divided into four ‘rooms’ each with sloping beds against the walls and each with different planting. I think the tennis court may have been a little smaller than full size 😉

  15. 76sanfermo says:

    My fave is Venus Williams…..
    ( Though I wonder how she appreciates to be represented as a scare-crow..)

    Fabulous collection, really!

    1. Heyjude says:

      I figure Serena might be more disenchanted!

  16. susurrus says:

    I love their expressions.

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