You may remember that back in 2011, I visited Flowers at Chicheley Hall? Well, one of the co-organisers of the event, Judith Blacklock, has another floral show lined up called Flowers@Oxford. It’s taking place from August 22nd-24th at Lady Margaret Hall, an Oxford University college, renowned for its beautiful gardens on the bank of the River Cherwell. Flowers@Oxford promises to be the largest and most innovative show of cut flowers that has ever been seen in the UK. The college’s gardens and punts will be transformed with floral installations created by designers and contemporary design groups. Here are some of the event’s highlights…
Young British champion florists will be creating inspirational wedding pieces. They will be providing advice to visitors and will also be able to inform on the latest trends, one of which is using British grown flowers.
Senseless Acts of Beauty
The main quadrangle at Lady Margaret Hall will feature a collaboration between Judith Blacklock, conceptional designer John Warland and industry leading Indoor Garden Design to produce a thought-provoking site-specific installation. A graduated colour series of gerbera-planted pyramidal shapes aims to beguile onlookers and highlight the diverse nature of the genus. Five thousand gerberas will be seen as never before.
Gregor Lersch from Germany, Solomon Leong from Hong Kong, Per Benjamin from Sweden plus a host of other international floral celebrities will be creating designs in the demonstration marquees and theatres – all of which have free entry.
If you would like to take part, there are a wide diversity of workshops you can join at an extra charge. You can create bouquets and designs using innovative techniques – the latest from Europe and beyond.
A competition sponsored by Corsage Creations will be taking place with the winners getting hampers of goodies from Corsage Creations.
Below are photos of some of the floral designs created by the designers at the Chicheley Hall event, which I thought you may like to see…
For more information about next month’s event, simply visit the Flowers@Oxford website, where you’ll be able to book tickets.
(Images : Chris Harten)