Eden artist contributes to Chelsea gold garden

Date: Friday 7th June 2013

EDEN artist Michelle Castles contributed to one of the gold award-winning gardens at the 2013 Chelsea Flower Show.

Michelle, who lives at Dockray, near Ullswater, created a wire mesh sculpture of a woman throwing her arms in the air, back arched, entitled Libertaine, for Chris Beardshaw’s Freedom garden, which he created for the charity Arthritis Research UK.

Chris is a Chelsea veteran, having won three previous golds, and Michelle was invited to contribute to this year’s effort, which was divided into three different gardens within a single space.

Michelle, aged 39, who is originally from Northumberland and graduated from Sunderland University in 1998, was chosen for the Future Famous Show in London in her final year and has been a working artist ever since. She has worked in Australia, Africa and the UK and was recently commissioned to create a piece for the new leisure centre in South Shields. She is also exhibiting for the RHS (Royal Horticultural Society) at Wisley Gardens, Surrey.

Michelle lives at Dockray with her husband, Tyrone.