The lastest mystery at the Queen of Crime’s home is – a mechanical flower.
The interactive art installation with some blooming credentials is the work of Forkbeard Fantasy and it has popped up in the gardens of Greenway, the former home of crime fiction writer Agatha Christie.
Modelled on the spring flowers which are starting to fill the woodland garden, the pop-up interactive flower installation by has four plants on the verge of blooming – they just need a helping hand.
If visitors pull the levers, the mechanical flowers pop up from their seed or bulb, begin to grow and open their petals.
Carly Mays, community involvement officer and intrepid plant hunter, said: ‘The installation is sited on the Clock Golf Lawn and, as there is a wonderful collection of clocks and watches in the house, we thought we would have some fun with springs and clocks in its design. After all, it is “spring time”. Forkbeard Fantasy has brought our fantasy to life and we are delighted with this colourful addition to the garden.’
A plant hunter trail also leads families around Greenway’s spring garden searching for plants of note.
Just some of those that flower in spring are camellias, rhododendrons, spring bulbs such as snowdrops, cyclamen and daffodils, and magnolias. One magnolia campbellii was planted by Agatha Christie’s husband Max Mallowan, and can be seen in bloom by the tennis court.
The mechanical flowers will continue to grow at Greenway until the end of April and the plant hunter family trail is available upon arrival.
Agatha Christie’s home and gardens beside the River Dart are cared for by the National Trust.
Visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/greenway for further information.