May 6, 2013

Win tickets to the Spirit of Summer Fair at Olympia

Later this month, the Spirit of Summer Fair in association with House & Garden magazine is taking place at Olympia in London.

And I’m delighted to be giving away two pairs of tickets to the show, which is on from Wednesday, 15th May until Saturday, 18th May.



Spirit of Summer Fair

If you’re looking for floristry inspiration or ideas for your garden, the Spirit of Summer Fair is the perfect place to visit.

Here are details about the floral and garden related workshops and talks which are taking place:

Summer Lifestyle Workshops

Fabulous Flower Arranging with Philip Hammond, The Dorchester11.30am – 15 & 16 May

Join designer florist Phil Hammond as he demonstrates how to create his new signature bouquet for the summer season.

It’s an interactive workshop where you will create a bouquet, which you’ll then be able to take home with you.

Summer Garden Flowers with Philippa Craddock – 11.30am – 17 & 18 May

Philippa Craddock Flowers Bouquet

Philippa Craddock‘s interactive demonstration focuses on fabulous summer garden flowers, teaching you a variety of simple techniques and how to create a unique floral design, using flowers and foliage which you could pick from your own garden.

You will leave at the end of the workshop inspired and thrilled with your very own arrangement!

Stunning Water-Based Truffles with Paul A.Young- 2.30pm – Daily

Join master chocolatier and flavour alchemist Paul A.Young and learn how to make stunning water-based truffles.

Paul will experiment will seasonal flavours including floral, herbs, fruits and summer teas.

Interiors & Garden Theatre

Good Garden Design and Star Plants for Small Gardens & Terraces with Matthew Wilson, Clifton Nurseries – 12.15pm – Daily  (11.15 on 17 May)


There will be five stylish room sets…one of which is a city garden designed by Matthew Wilson for Clifton Nurseries.

Inspiration is a roofless garden ‘Old meets New’, Italian olive trees with modern Gloucester furniture and contrasting meadow grass.

For a chance to win a pair of tickets, simply leave a comment below telling me the name of your favourite flower.

Terms & Conditions

  • Competition open only to those over the age of 18.
  • No cash alternative will be offered.
  • The competition is for UK residents and one entry per household only.
  • The competition is open until midnight on Monday, 13th May.

I’ll put all the names in a hat and choose two winners, who’ll be notified by email on Tuesday 14th May.  Their tickets will be available on arrival at the fair in the Press Office.

Good luck!

(Images : Spirit of Summer Fair)


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  • Caroline says:

    Difficult to choose but I think Anemones are my favourite flowers.

  • Deirdre O'Connor says:

    After much consideration, I’ve chosen Hydrangeas as my favourite flower (by next week it could be something else though!)

  • Susan Pearmain says:

    My favourite flowers are deep Red Peonies, so full of colour and fullness. They make such an early summer statement in the garden with their deep red flowers surrounded by beautiful green foliage.

  • Josephine Dixie says:

    Sweet peas . I love the waves of colour ,especially pastel shades and the perfume.

  • ruth taylor says:

    fritillarias are exquisite!

  • Pippi says:

    Hmm…tough one but I think lily of the valley…such a cute flower

  • maria loizou says:

    It’s hard to choose just one flower but I do like roses The many beautiful colours and wonderful scents wishing one could capture their very own perfume.

  • ELAINE SMITH says:

    Sweet peas are my favourite, especially the scent when they are growing in the garden

  • LISA says:

    Blue Hyacinths – without a doubt! Sweet smelling and gorgeous to look at.

  • Sofia. H says:

    It’s always changing, but right now it’s blush pink hyacinths!

  • Sara says:

    Snowdrops – the white against the green and such a welcome sight after the long cold winter

  • The simplicity of white Roses are always my favourite. I had them on my wedding day and will always have a special place… number two is Rananculas !

  • Julie Shaw says:

    Always the rose.

  • Sally H says:

    So many to choose from, but I don’t think anything makes your heart soar as much as a huge bunch of the first daffodils of Spring.

  • It has to be the Gloriosa, as its one of the most intriguing flowers I have ever seen and so beautiful to look at.

  • Helen Jermyn says:

    Peonies peonies peonies.
    But now I’ve said that I’m thinking a wood full of bluebells, the first cherry blossom of spring, star jasmine, hydrangeas… This question is too difficult!

  • Hilary Powell says:

    I love tulips. They signify spring and always look so lovely in a vase even when they start to droop.

  • Fariba Mansouri-Johnson says:

    A life time lover of roses, I now have a soft spot for purple throatod calla lillies after having them for my wedding bouquet 🙂

  • Chrissie says:

    How can I choose …. But I think that it has to be the peony, so many varieties and utter perfection every time.

  • Renee says:

    I adore roses.