The Peppermint Lane Lodge (PLL) ‘Follies on the Ferguson’ Sculpture Trail, heralds our participation for the first time in the showcase of arts based initiatives which comprise the Dardanup Arts Spectacular.
This very popular annual event takes place on the weekend of 16 and 17 May in 2015. ‘Follies on the Ferguson’ will become an annual event presented in conjunction with the Dardanup Arts Spectacular each year; open by appointment and at other advertised times throughout the year.
The picturesque trail is situated both sides of the Ferguson River which runs through the Peppermint Lane Lodge property (the source is about 10kms east of us in the Wellington National Forest). It is a very pretty section of the ‘Ferguson’ with banks lined by both new and old peppermint trees – some falling in and over the river to create lovely vistas along its entire length.
Sculptural works – numbering more than twenty pieces – will sit harmoniously within this natural bush setting. A small number of static installations have been created by the owner of PLL with complementary pieces installed by local amateur artists. Most pieces are for sale.
The PLL property is bordered by the Wellington National Park to the north. Populated by many Marri and Jarrah trees, this area of natural forest, together with the Lodge gardens and the natural surrounds of the river attracts numerous birdlife to the area – joined by many kangaroos coming down to the river to add further interest .
The trail is approximately 500 metres in length. It meanders along and across the river; mostly flat (‘ish) with one sloping gradient to the top of the Trail. There is random seating along the way which provides opportunities to sit and enjoy the view while contemplating the diversity of the sculptural pieces on display. Unfortunately the Trail is not suitable for wheelchairs. Children must be supervised at all times as there are open water ways (mainly the river) and a fenced soak area.
A food van – the Passionate Provedore – will be on site to provide both savoury and sweet options for morning or afternoon tea.
We do ask that you respect the displayed artwork and ensure your safety by not touching or climbing on the pieces, surrounding trees or infrastructure.
You would also be most welcome to stay at PLL and have an opportunity to walk the Trail at your leisure any time throughout your stay.