Ute’s Garden

Ute's cottage

Ute’s cottage

Just along the road from were we are staying in Maria’s Farm, Las Negras, is a quaint cottage built in the traditional style of the cortijos of Almeria. Here lives Ute, a retired stage actress who was famous in her native land, Germany.
Roses and succulents

Roses and succulents

In the grounds of her cottage Ute has created the most enchanting garden using plants, such as cacti and succulents, which are suited to the arid climate of Almeria, and sun-loving flowers including roses, petunias and geraniums.
Ute's garden

Ute’s garden

Wherever you walk, you breathe in the fragrance of herbs and scented shrubs. Ute has an impressive collection of attractive garden furniture and lovely old pots which break up the garden and help to create an impression of space.
One of Ute's many cats in a quiet corner

One of Ute’s many cats in a quiet corner

Every path leads to a delightful, sequestered corner.
Ute's garden

Ute’s garden

Years of devotion must have gone into creating such a paradise.

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About Margaret Merry

I grew up in Falmouth, Cornwall, England where, after leaving Falmouth High School, I spent a year at Falmouth School of Art. Then followed three years at Hornsey College of Art in London where I obtained a Diploma in Art and Design. I then spent a post-graduate year at the West of England College of Art in Bristol where I gained an Art Teacher?s Diploma and a Certificate in Education of the University of Bristol. I lived and worked in Truro for over 30 years and became one of Cornwall's most popular artists. My paintings have been exhibited in New York, Tokyo, Paris and London and have been bought by collectors from all over the world. I have published 4 books which became local bestsellers - 'The Natural History of a Westcountry City', 'Margaret Merry's Cornish Garden Sketchbook', 'Sea & Sail' and 'Tidal Reaches'. In 2002 I moved to Spain and now live in the little coastal village of Las Negras in the heart of the Parque Natural de Cabo de Gata. I now get my inspiration from the dramatic scenery of Andalucia and its old cities, towns and villages which I usually capture in watercolour. I also enjoy figurative art, particularly nudes and dancers. For these paintings I use artists' soft pastels. I have written and illustrated 3 children's books - The Wise Old Boar, The Lonely Digger and The Adventure of Princess The Pony - which have been published in the USA.
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