Friday 24 September 2021

Strawberry Hill House & Garden - The Spectacular Strawberry Hill House Flower Festival Returns this Autumn


The Spectacular Strawberry Hill House 
Flower Festival Returns this Autumn

8 - 10 October 2021

Supported by Russell-Cooke
Curated by Leigh Chappell & Janne Ford

From the 8 -10 October the Strawberry Hill House Flower Festival returns for its third year, curated by Floral Artists, Leigh Chappell & Janne Ford. Horace Walpole’s villa will once again provide a gorgeous, gothic backdrop to showcase floral designs with all its colour, drama, opulence, light and shadow at this atmospheric time of year.

The Festival brings together over 30 florists and designers sharing their own artistic visions inspired by native flowers and foliage, plus dried and natural elements. All the floral designers have sustainable practices at the heart of what they do and will be demonstrating what can be achieved using traditional techniques.

In addition to the intricate and dramatic floral creations throughout the house, there will be tours, demonstrations and workshops across the festival, for more details please see below.

We hope to welcome you to this year's festival!

Strawberry Hill House & Garden

Flower Festival Tickets
Flower Festival Tour Tickets

How to create a hand tied bouquet
with Leigh Chappell & Janne Ford

Friday 8 October at 12 noon

Join Leigh Chappell and Janne Ford, curators of the festival, for a demonstration of the hand tied bouquet. Leigh Chappell who is a trained botanical illustrator, loves to create natural floral beauty in her designs and Janne’s love for wild and natural flowers is reflected in her just picked from the garden aesthetic.  Both are keen supporters of the British Flower movement and champion sustainable practice in all elements of floristry.

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The Power of Flowers
with Janine Gerhart, medical herbalist

Friday 8 October at 2pm

Join Janine Gerhart, medical herbalist (MNIMH), to explore the healing powers of herbal flowers. Learn about the plethora of ways to use the local flora and then create your very own herbal remedy to take home and replicate at your leisure.

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The Beauty of Dried Flowers
with Emma Spowage

Friday 8 October at 4pm

Join Emma Spowage to learn how to make a hand tied bouquet with dried flowers from materials grown at home in her cutting garden and harvested and dried this summer. She will be talking about the most suitable flowers for drying and using in floral design work and how and when it is best to harvest and dry them. Emma will be using the threading technique to add shape and texture to her bouquet. 

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Making the Ordinary Extraordinary: Reimagining the Bouquet
with Lucy the Flower Hunter

Friday 8 October at 6.30pm

This talk and demonstration will reimagine the bouquet and encourage us to take pleasure from the flowers that are available as the seasons naturally dictate and appreciate the sometimes glorious imperfection rather than always looking for the next bigger and better thing. Ticket includes a Tour of the Flower Festival and a glass of fizz. 

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Children’s Workshop,
Botanical Clay Prints
with Claire Sutton, Fig and Fern

Saturday 9 October at 11am

This workshop is designed to get children to capture the beauty of flowers in a white clay tile which echoes the stucco of Strawberry Hill House. With a little guidance, they will have a lovely botanical keepsake to treasure forever. For ages 4 - 16 years. Under 9's must be accompanied by an adult.

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Create a bowl of flowers using sustainable techniques
with Louise Langdon

Saturday 9 October at 2pm

Join floral designer and teacher Louise Langdon who will demonstrate a naturally beautiful and modern floral design. Her aesthetic is untamed and uncomplicated, and she will show you how to choose each stem or flower and place it to draw attention to its colour and shape. She will use the very best of British flowers from British flower farmers to make the whole process a delight - each stem perfect, strong, and scented.

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Lasagne Planting
with Ashley Edwards, Head Gardener at Horatio’s Garden

Sunday 10 October at 12 noon

Ashley Edwards, Head Gardener at Horatio's Garden London & Southeast, and regular guest on BBC 4's Gardener's Question Time will show you how to create a bulb lasagne.
Learn how to create a thrilling display that will give you months of dazzling colour in just one pot! Ashley will also give you tips and tricks to get the best out of your bulb displays and will happily answer any burning garden questions you may have!

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Traditional basket weaving
with basket maker Eleanor Morgan

Sunday 10 October at 2pm

Join local basket maker Eleanor Morgan to make a willow bird feeder or little willow star wands. Eleanor, a trained fine artist, is a local craftsperson who has a particular interest in traditional English basket making techniques using locally sourced and sustainable willow from the traditional willow growing area on the Somerset Levels.

All materials and tools will be provided. 

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