I hope you had a lovely weekend. Today’s blog post features the Florimania 2012 – All the King’s flowers event at Hampton Court Palace which took place this Mother’s Day weekend.
On Thursday morning, I went to the palace to meet up with John Waddington from Nursery Fresh, whose company supplied all the flowers for the event.
And signing in were also 4o+ ladies from the Surrey Area of the National Association of Flower Arrangement Societies, also known as NAFAS.
The previous day, they’d conditioned all the flowers. Now it was time to arrange them into Dutch/Flemish, with a touch of Baroque, inspired floral designs, which would then be placed in William III’s Apartments.
Despite the very cold morning, there was such a lovely atmosphere. And even though I’ve visited Hampton Court a few times, I was still blown away by the majesty of the buildings. It’s such a stunning location, steeped in history.
NAFAS member Jane Rickard said: “It’s such a lovely event to do. And it’s wonderful to have the chance to use all these different types of gorgeous flowers. Heavenly…!”
The ladies, who volunteered their time, had until 4pm on Thursday to create all the displays, which they’d designed in advance.
Then some of them were back over the weekend to ensure that the arrangements stayed in tip-top condition and also take flower arranging demonstrations.
And here they are in action…
On Saturday morning, I returned to the palace and took the photos below of their stunning polychromatic arrangements.
It was also a pleasure to meet Sheila Banks, Chairman of the Surrey Area of NAFAS.
I attended NAFAS member Angela’s demonstration where she created the Dutch/Flemish inspired design below.
Some of the floral arrangements looked like Dutch paintings in real life, but even more so, when I loaded the images onto my blog…in particular the first one and this one below.
I think the ladies did an absolutely amazing job. And their designs reminded me of some of the vintage style arrangements that some of the top London florists have been creating lately.
Florimania is an annual event and I thoroughly recommend a visit. So don’t forget to pop along next March.
(Images : Rona Wheeldon for Flowerona)