One Sunday, earlier this month, I travelled by train to Milton Keynes in North Buckinghamshire to visit ‘Flowers at Chicheley Hall’, an amazing floral event organised by London-based florist Judith Blacklock and Fleur Events.
Over three days, there were demonstrations and workshops by some of the most influential and inspiring designers from the international floral scene including Gregor Lersch from Germany, Moniek Vanden Berghe from Belgium, Mark Pampling from Australia, plus David Ragg and Neil Whittaker from the UK.
Today, in Part 1, I’d like to share with you a selection of the beautiful floral designs on display both inside Chicheley Hall and outside in its gardens.
Inside the building, designers were each designated a room and given free rein. And as you’ll see from the pictures below, some of the arrangements were absolutely breath-taking!
Throughout the grounds of Chicheley Hall, visitors were treated to Floral Land Art…something which I’d previously only seen in floristry magazines.
I loved the ‘Dressing the Tree’ competition where designers were invited to decorate thirteen of Chicheley Hall’s majestic trees in contemporary, original and innovative ways.
The floating floral designs also featured below were arrangements made by colleges and florists who’d entered the British Florist Association Florist Team Award competition. Their brief was to design and create a unique piece of floral art that would float in the moat of Chicheley Hall.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this insight into my visit. Do tune in tomorrow for Part 2, where I’ll be featuring demonstrations by international florists, Gregor Lersch, Moniek Vanden Berghe and Mark Pampling.
(Images : Rona Wheeldon for Flowerona)