Introducing the Strawberry Hill House Festival 23-25th September 2022
We are thrilled and incredibly proud to reveal that the UK’s most sustainable flower festival, the prestigious Strawberry Hill House Flower Festival is being produced this year in association with Flowers from the Farm. Set in the vividly decorated or gilded rooms of Horace Walpole’s Gothic manor house, this unique event showcases the very best of British-grown flowers, foam-free sustainable floristry and the design creativity of some of the UK’s leading floral designers and farmer-florists.
Expertly curated by Leigh Chappell and Janne Ford, the Strawberry Hill House Flower Festival is set to feature designs and installations by Alice McCabe Flowers, Anna D Bell Branchout, Botanical Tales, Chobham Flower Garden, Christophe Berreterot, Clementine Moon Floral Design, Compton Garden Flowers, Electric Daisy Flower Company, Frances & Rose, Gentle Blooms, Happy Roots Farm, Harebell and Bee, Hazel Gardiner Floral Design, Hedgerow and Bloom, Holly Bee Flowers, Hortus Poeticus, Ivydene Flowers, Layla Robinson Design, Leigh Chappell Flowers, Lilian’s Flowers, Luna Bloom, Lunaria, Myrtle and Smith, Nettlewood Flowers, Queen of the Meadow Flowers, Smokebush Floral Design, SSAW Collective, Twisted Sisters and Viridis Flowers.
Every single stem of the cut flowers and foliages used by the designers at the Strawberry Hill House Flower Festival – both fresh and dried – will have been grown by members of Flowers from the Farm. We shall be sharing more news of the florists and the farmer-florists here on the blog and on our social media channels.
On Friday, 23rd September, Shane Connolly, the acclaimed sustainable floristry advocate will take to the Flower Festival Stage alongside flower farmer, Polly Nicholson of Bayntun Flowers to give an exclusive floral demonstration. Shane, who holds Royal Warrants of appointment to HM The Queen and HRH The Prince of Wales, said:
“We floral designers owe a debt of gratitude to nature and the planet; so we must create designs that are beautiful without and within. Designing sustainably does not stop creativity and magic, so it’s time we stopped hiding behind the pretty flowers, acknowledge the huge environmental issues, and show how it can be done, with festivals like The Strawberry Hill House Flower Festival.”
Visitors will be able to take guided tours of Horace Walpole’s remarkable Gothic manor house throughout the Festival. There will be sessions showing visitors how they too can adopt more sustainable methods of flower arranging, plus a chance to quiz Strawberry Hill’s own gardening team. Visitors to the Flower Festival should make time to wander around the wonderful grounds. Horace Walpole was a keen gardener, writing the hugely influential essay The History of the Modern Taste in Gardening which was first published in 1780. Walpole’s five-acre garden has been faithfully restored to much of its original appearance, with a variety of beds, borders, walks, groves, lawns and woodland that would be wholly familiar to him today.
Tickets to the three-day festival will be limited, so snap up yours here.