The Flower Festival At Strawberry Hill House

I stood there thinking “I really can’t believe that I’m standing in the same room as Sir David Attenborough” He is a patron of Strawberry Hill House and he opened the Lost Treasures Exhibition when a lot of Horace Walpole’s art was returned to the house for an exhibition. I had been asked to make some floral displays for this most special of evenings and all that was running through my mind was “thank heavens I don’t use floral foam!” Each block of foam contains the equivalent of twelve carrier bags of plastic which doesn’t break down and in the soaking, feeds into the water table. David Attenborough is such a national hero and has highlighted the issue of how bad plastic is for our planet.

It was with this in mind that Claire Leighton who works at the house and myself came up with the seed of an idea to hold a flower festival celebrating sustainable floristry. I ran this past my good friend Janne Ford, a photographer for The Real Flower Company, reassured me that it wasn’t a totally mad idea and a little later Claire Bowen of Honeysuckle and Hilda, our very own eco warrior joined us in organising the event.

Being honest, we had no idea how it was all going to pan out but actually it went rather well! Dedicated creatives including floral designers, flower growers, someone who makes and dyes ribbons for flowers using only natural ingredients, floral artists, a calligrapher and photographers travelled from different parts of the UK and gave their time to create amazing work in each of the rooms at Strawberry Hill House. It was filled with flowers and not one piece of foam was used!

A great heartfelt thank you to each of them for creating something so special and taking part so generously. I feel that I have made some very special and very talented floral friends who value collaboration over competition and sustainable methods.

Janne Ford and Kim Dawkins by  Eva Nemeth

Janne Ford and Kim Dawkins by Eva Nemeth

Firenza Flowers installation by  Eva Nemeth

Firenza Flowers installation by Eva Nemeth

Moss and Stone Floral Design by Eva Nemeth

Moss and Stone Floral Design by Eva Nemeth

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Wolves Lane Flower Company and Leigh Chappell Flowers by Eva Nemeth

Wolves Lane Flower Company and Leigh Chappell Flowers by Eva Nemeth

A Glamorous Vintage Wedding at Eggington House (Lilac time)

A time of fragrant lilac, blossom and tulips at Eggington House, a beautiful 17th century period house in Leighton Buzzard. Take a look at these fantastic images shot on film by David Jenkins Photography, styled and managed by Emma Joy the Wedding Planner with flowers by me…. As featured on Whimsical Wonderland Weddings and Love My Dress



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Image by www.davidjenkinsphotography.com and styled by www.emmajoytheweddingplanner.co.uk

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Image by davidjenkinsphotography.com and styled by emmajoytheweddingplanner.co.uk

Image by www.davidjenkinsphotography.com and styled by emmajoythe wedding planner.co.uk

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Image by www.davidjenkinsphotography.com and styled by www.emmajoytheweddingplanner.co.uk

Image by www.davidjenkinsphotography.com and styled by www.emmajoytheweddingplanner.co.uk

Image by www.davidjenkinsphotography.com and styled by www.emmajoytheweddingplanner.co.uk

Image by www.davidjenkinsphotography.com and styled by www.emmajoytheweddingplanner.co.uk

Flowers for Strawberry Hill House, our Stunning Hidden Gem!

This year has been a big one at Strawberry Hill House! The fabulous home of Horace Walpole has seen a large part of his Gothic art collection returned to the House for an exhibition. The restored house is truly beautiful and with a large part of his collection back in place from galleries and private collections, it brings the house to life.

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I was very lucky to be asked to work on the floral designs for the opening night of the exhibition, particularly as Sir David Attenborough who is a patron, opened the event. Quite honestly, he could have just recited his twelve times tables in his speech and I would have been just as excited and thrilled to have been there!

Working with Robinson Home Design Studio who had chosen Farrow and Ball’s “Eating Room Red” as a backdrop colour with gold pineapple chandeliers, I thought we needed to be quite bold in our flower choices to echo Horace’s flamboyance

Luckily, it was dahlia season and these fabulous blooms were perfect in their varieties of shapes textures and colours. Sarah Whiting is a local flower farmer and I had the joy of being able to select stems myself from her wonderful array of flowers. We added some cosmos, amaranthus, some beautifully scented roses from The Real Flower Company and bracken for texture and that gorgeous earthy warm golden colour.

The exhibition draws to a close in February and with or without the “Lost Treasures” , the house is definitely worth a visit.

 
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Tom and Ollie's Wedding at Orleans House and Magical Reception at The Secret River Garden

Orleans Gallery is such a pretty place for a ceremony… Ollie looked just gorgeous in her Jenny Packham dress and carried a loose tumbling bouquet of roses and beautiful locally sourced seasonal British blooms to compliment them in pastel shades… sweet peas, pinks, cosmos and ammi to name but a few. She had seven bridesmaids who each wore an individually chosen dress in green and their bouquets were all different too.

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After the ceremony they walked to The Secret River Garden, a real hidden gem on the river bank in Twickenham where a brass band played Marvin Gaye’s “Sexual Healing and really got the celebrations under way. They had a marquee in the garden which we decorated in garden style with a very large foliage installation as the focal point in the marquee, opting for arrangements of mostly foliage to echo natural greenery growing along the river bank. There were lots of really lovely touches; a swing area surrounded by tiny bottles of peach schnapps hanging by ribbons from the trees, a quiet chill out area with pretty silks wafting in the breeze and croquet to be played. The Secret River Garden is a real gem of a venue and Tom and Ollie’s was a gem of a wedding…..a real joy for me to work with them!

 
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