British flowers are having a resurgence and The Strawberry Hill Festival of Flowers is celebrating a new sustainable floristry by inviting florists and growers to create arrangements that reflect Horace Walpole’s ideas about design. His garden was naturalistic showing a love of flowers and scent and this exhibition will reflect Walpole’s ideas about visual impact; colour and the drama of light and dark, as well as using flowers grown in his eighteenth-century garden.
Join us for a bespoke tour of the Strawberry Hill House Flower Festival. Gather in the Great Parlour for a glass of fizz and meet your guide for a tour of the house. After the tour, you will be taken to the Gallery where Sandra Pullen, our resident garden historian will give you a brief tour of Horace Walpole’s garden through contemporary 18th-century watercolours. This will be followed by artisan flower grower and florist Sarah Whiting of Nettlewood Flowers talking about working with flowers from seed to bouquet and author and teacher Claire Bowen, of Honeysuckle and Hilda who will speak about environmentally sustainable floristry including foam free techniques.
Florists include Fiona Pickles of Firenza listed by The Telegraph as one of the Top 20 creative florists in the country and Creative Director for the 2018 Castle Howard Flower Festival, Claire Bowen of Honeysuckle and Hilda, floral designer, art historian and environmental campaigner, Brigitte Girling of Moss and Stone Floral Design, floral designer Leigh Chappell, visual storyteller and designer Janne Ford and local flower farmer and floral designer, Sarah Whiting…all with sustainability at the heart of their practice.
Official Link: http://www.strawberryhillhouse.org.uk