Maida Vale: Romancing the Stone hosting free art event


Tom Hogg of Maida Vale and Harry Barden of Stratton, getting ready for the Art in the Garden exhibition at the Romancing the Stone gardens in Maida Vale. Picture: David Baylis
Tom Hogg of Maida Vale and Harry Barden of Stratton, getting ready for the Art in the Garden exhibition at the Romancing the Stone gardens in Maida Vale. Picture: David Baylis

ROMANCING the Stone Gardens in Maida Vale is hosting a free art in the garden event this weekend.

Owner Tom Hogg said visitors could view artworks by the Lilac Hill Art Group while strolling through the picturesque gardens.

“It will be held in the beautiful Romancing the Stone Gardens and visitors will be able to view art by eight local artists,” he said.

“The public is invited to wander the gardens and have morning or afternoon tea with us.”

Mr Hogg said when he moved to the property in 2000, the half-hectare property was a ‘jungle mess’.

With no landscaping background, the self-taught stone mason transformed the block into an award winning garden and amphitheatre called Romancing the Stone and Little Covent Garden respectively.

The garden is also littered with statues, curios and hand painted signs displaying positive adages that reflect Tom’s community minded approach in its creation.

The art in the garden event will be held from Friday, April 21 until Sunday, April 23 from 9am to 5pm at 3 Lilian Road in Maida Vale. All artworks will be for sale.