We’ve been meaning to head over to the garden ‘Largo December 1’ in Portimão – it’s the one in front of the municipal theatre – to have better look at the ‘Yarn-bombing’ that took place on the 21st March to herald spring.
The pretty gardens have been transformed by the most amazingly colourful and vibrant display of crochet and sewing, wrapped beautifully around the trees.
Luckily the weather hasn’t affected the display, which is still there in all its glory. Over 150 senior citizens and 200 schoolchildren took part in the project, and each tree has a sign displayed showing which group or organisation dressed each tree:
As well as the main trees which are wrapped in colourful blankets, there are also some delightful smaller birds and objects nestled amongst the trees and bushes:
The colours are fantastic, and only seem to make the park seem even more pretty than usual:
One of my favourites was the cockerel hanging from a branch:
Even the flowerbeds have been transformed with crocheted flowers .. shame they couldn’t add the grass too!
The detail is most impressive, some of these must have taken hours to make:
Yarn bombing seems to have taken the world by storm – I think this is the first time it has reached Portimão though! It seems to sit nicely against the backdrop of the local café, and the gardens are full of both locals and tourists taking photographs and exploring.
It really is a wonderful thing to view – and it’s worth taking your time to wander around the gardens several times – each tour will reveal something new to delight you:
The gardens themselves, although small, are very pretty, with tiled seating areas illustrating the history of Portugal, and contain a pretty fountain where the birds can be seen having a bath!
The seating areas have also been transformed with birds and flowers hanging from the arbours – there is so much to see and enjoy in such a small area:
The flowers are everywhere:
One of the real delights for me was suddenly looking up into one of the trees and seeing a beautiful series of felt birds hanging from the branches:
And then to spot the most intricate bird feeder – complete with bird of course:
Even the real birds seemed quite at home with it all too!
The walkways have even been transformed by paper flowers nestled into the grass:
So if you are near Portimao – head over to the garden and enjoy the yarn-bombing while it lasts!
And well done to Portimão Council and all of the agencies, groups and schools that took part in this unique and special event.