A Flower Festival – Part 1

I have just returned from a week with Mum.  As the minimum journey time from here to her is over 7 hours it is necessary to go for longer than a weekend.  While we were together we had a real holiday for four nights in a beautiful location in Kent.  We shared a twin-bedded room, as well-furnished as any in a posh hotel, in St Michael’s Guest House at Burrswood Hospital.

While we were there a flower festival was opened by the mayor of Tunbridge Wells.  We watched the practical preparations with interest and growing excitement.  I have never seen a flower festival on so large a scale.  There is a church at Burrswood.  I expected it to be decorated for the weekend.  What I did not expect was the number and scale of the arrangements, which were everywhere in the house and in the grounds as well as in the church.

Altogether there were fifty arrangements of various shapes and sizes.  I took lots of photos with my tablet.  I hope to share some of them in a few posts.

The theme for the Flower Festival was Inspiration.  Members of Crowborough Flower Club were certainly inspired!  They took the location of each planned arrangement and were inspired by words, pictures or the location.  In the Church of Christ the Healer the windows, lighting, and all the fixtures provided inspiration.

In the house there were fireplaces decorated with stunning displays.

Peaceful Pastimes

Peaceful Pastimes

Enjoyable Moments

Enjoyable Moments

Welcome display above the entrance

Welcome display above the entrance

Outside there is a prayer walk, which has words of hymns at points along its route.  These provided more inspiration.  I intend to elaborate on this in a future post.

For the time being here are some more photos of the first few arrangements.

The entrance was decorated with two arrangements one over the doorway and one to one side.

Welcome

Welcome

I am full of admiration for everyone involved in the planning of this event. The amount of work behind the scenes must have been enormous. The flower arrangers spent many hours on their practical interpretation of their ideas in many cases over a number of days prior to the festival. Then they continued to ensure that the flowers were kept in good condition throughout the hot weekend.

Room with a View

Room with a View

The final photo in this selection gives an impression of the beautiful grounds, which are open to the public, and the magnificent setting in the Kent countryside. There is also a tearoom serving refreshments.

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5 thoughts on “A Flower Festival – Part 1

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  2. Great pictures, I love flowers. I have heard of Burrswood, didn’t know you could go and stay there. Where do you come from Sue? that’s a long journey to see your Mum!

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