Report on Flower Arranging Group Meeting - Castle Howard Flower Festival, Thursday, 25 June 2015

Christine and Veronica joined up with The De Lacy Flower Club for a very enjoyable trip to The Flower Festival at Castle Howard. We arrived early and enjoyed a coffee and a browse around the Plant Fair that was being held in the Stable Courtyard, with Plants and Gifts on sale throughout the day. In particular there was a Nursery specialising in carnivorous plants, having just won Gold at the Harrogate Spring Flower Show.

We then made our way to the house to be met by amazing displays that were created by the Grounds Team using stunning flowers from the garden.

We Followed a programme with descriptions of the rooms, The China Landing, various bedrooms, Dining room, music room, The Great Hall Balcony, The Chapel and many more. All with very creative and stunning displays. The Rooms were decorated by Kymm Queen the Castle Howard Florist, and local Flower Clubs. In each of the rooms was a treasure trove of inspiring architecture and renowned collections the Howard family have brought from all over the world.

There was an exhibition depicting wars from Waterloo to World War 11 with real stories and letters shared by family and staff. Towards the end an exhibition showing the story of Brideshead Revisited that was first broadcast in 1981 and later how they made the film in 2008.

After lunch a very small group of us had a guided tour of the Walled Garden. Our guide was a very delightful lady who was very knowledgeable and passionate. The garden is divided into sections, Lady Cecilia's garden, the sundial garden, the Venus garden and the vegetable garden. She told us how the garden has changed over 300 years. How recently the head gardener lost the large collection of roses, how he replaced the soil and replanted Hundreds of roses, to lose them all again.

Finally, We joined Kymm Queen in a button hole making demonstration, where we could chose from a large selection of flowers to make a button hole. It was a lovey day.
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