At last he has been revealed. Cedric, the Seed King is now standing at the gate to the forest in all his glory.
Cedric (pronounced seed-rick), the Seed King, symbolises the significance of our way of gardening – working with nature. We encourage the garden to regenerate itself by allowing plants and trees to seed freely and then we ‘edit’ the results. So our garden might appear unmanaged, but really it isn’t.
The sculptor, Mick Petts (he of the pond design), picked up the design details from the conifer forest at the entrance of which Cedric stands. The diamond pattern replicates the Norway spruce cones, and the beard, needles. The design incorporates spaces so that he can change with the seasons – seed heads can be inserted in his cloak and crown, and the pot in his crown can be switched.
As one of our garden visitors said on the weekend “I don’t normally like Green Men, but this one looks benevolent, not like most which look really malevolent.” Praise indeed for Mick’s carving skills.