I’ve recently been to the most fantastic flower show event held at Chicheley Hall, a Grade 1 listed country house in Buckinghamshire. This is the first of its kind in the UK with the house, the grounds, the woods – even the moat – all filled with incredible flower displays.
This was a joint venture, organised by The Judith Blacklock Flower School, the British Florist Association and international design magazine Fleur Creatif. The event featured a host of floral stars from Britain and Europe including German Master Florist Gregor Lersch and Damien Koh, plus some great home grown talent such and Interflora members and floral designers David Ragg, Sarah Horne and Neil Whittaker.
The whole of Chicheley Hall’s interior was given over to floristry. Each designer was designated a room and given free reign. This resulted in some magnificent designs, I loved Belgian designer Stef Adriaenssen’s sculptures filled with balls of carnations and chrysanthemums.
There was no expense spared, even the fireplaces in the entrance hall were festooned with phalaenopsis orchids and roses and, if having the opportunity to wander around a stately home filled with exquisite flowers wasn’t enough, the rest of the show was just as exciting.
The BFA had set a challenge to design and create a unique piece of floral art to float in the moat surrounding the house. This led to a very inventive number of designs; my favourite was three spheres of differing sizes made out of polystyrene cups. These had been filled with flowers and draped with fronds of foliage before being set off to float away.
Aside from the flowers, Gregor Lersch, one of Europe’s most respected florists, was undoubtedly the main attraction. The demonstration marquee was packed when he took to the stage, he held the audience captive. And if you felt suitably inspired, there were workshops and mini demonstrations held throughout the show for you to have a go yourself.
Floristry was around every corner and in every building. In St. Lawrence’s church in the grounds of the Hall there was some breath-taking work and full marks to the designers at the church for producing some truly amazing and contemplative floristry.
A lot of the show was held outside, and thankfully it was warm and sunny so visitors were able to stroll through the ground and enjoy the designs, shop at the trade tent and stop for coffee and cakes. Everyone I spoke to had a thoroughly wonderful time. Let’s hope this is the start of a great new annual flower event in the UK.
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