A tranquil setting in the heart of a picture postcard garden will feature a series of imaginative sculptures designed to exhibit a flavour of Yorkshire summer.

The menagerie of wire animals and collection of willow people can be found in the gardens of the idyllic Stillingfleet Lodge throughout this month.

Harrogate's wire animal creator Chris Moss and Derbyshire’s Carole Beavis, whose willow cyclists should look familiar to visitors after they were used to help celebrate the Tour de France Grand Depart, are the two brains behind the unique structures set to tower over the sprawling gardens of the farm.

Vanessa Cook runs the attraction and organised this August's exhibition.

She said: "Everyone is loving them, particularly the young.

"They are very popular, they are very interesting, and they look good in the garden, as if they have been made it fit in.

"We do this every August but this is the first year we have had big wire and willow sculptures here.

"I saw Chris Moss' work and thought they would look lovely in the garden.

"We looked at who else we could get and were very lucky to get Carole who did the Tour de France work."

The sculptures blend beautifully into the summer garden at Stillingfleet, providing visitors with a surprise round every corner.

Running alongside the outdoor exhibition, in the café, is a collection of water colours by Rachel McNaughton from Bardsey, near Wetherby.

Rachel is renowned for her paintings of flowers, and has developed a hobby into a full time career after taking up her position as a professional associate at the Society for All Artists.

The exhibitions will be open during the regular garden opening hours, however visitors are being urged to check www.stillingfleetlodgenurseries.co.uk for more information.

The regular garden admission price of £5 applies or £1 for five to 16-year-old.