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Castle Howard in Bloom
Thu 29th June 2017 to Sun 2nd July 2017
Event Type: Event for all
Flower Festival
The festival, now in its fourth year, will see floral displays adding to the opulence of Castle Howard, created under the watchful eye of Catherine Gledhill.

Catherine, a National Association of Flower Arrangement Societies (NAFAS) National Demonstrator and florist from Yorkshire, will oversee a team of northern volunteers who will create a range of stunning floral displays in the house. A programme of pre-bookable live demonstrations and drop-in talks and tours will add to the activities.  

Nationally celebrated floral designers will lead the demonstrations which will include a prize draw for a chance to win an arrangement. Book now to avoid disappointment as places are limited and tickets will be subject to availability on the day, additional charge applies. 

Entry to the flower festival and drop-in talks and tours is included in house and gardens admission, book online in advance and save or buy on the day from our Ticket Office. 

Thursday 29 June 
  • Fiona Pickles, 1pm & 2.30pm: Ready, Steady, Arrange. Fiona is a leading floral designer and was recently listed by The Telegraph as one of the Top 20 creative florists in the country. Creating large, loose arrangements from a surprise collection of Castle Howard garden cuttings. Drop-in, no need to pre-book. 
  • Guided Garden Tours, 10.30am, 11.30am, 1pm, 2pm & 3pm: Join Castle Howard's guides on a walking tour of the Walled Garden or Ray Wood, with a chance to join our Head of Gardens & Landscape on selected tours when he'll share his horticultural know-how. Drop-in, no need to pre-book. 
  • The Natural World in Castle Howard's Collections, 12noon: A show and tell talk with our curatorial team, who'll reveal their favourite items from our collection which showcase the beauty of the natural world. Drop-in, no need to pre-book.

Friday 30 June
  • Fiona Pickles, 1pm & 2.30pmReady, Steady, Arrange. Fiona is a leading floral designer and was recently listed by The Telegraph as one of the Top 20 creative florists in the country. Creating large, loose arrangements from a surprise collection of Castle Howard garden cuttings. Drop-in, no need to pre-book. 
  • Gaye Blake Roberts, 3.30pm: A Passion for Flowers. Gaye is curator at Wedgwood Museum and has worked for Wedgwood for over 35 years. She'll share her passion for decorative porcelain. Drop-in, no need to pre-book. 
  • Guided Garden Tours, 10.30am, 11.30am, 1pm, 2pm & 3pm: Join Castle Howard's guides on a walking tour of the Walled Garden or Ray Wood, with a chance to join our Head of Gardens & Landscape on selected tours when he'll share his horticultural know-how. Drop-in, no need to pre-book. 
  • The Natural World in Castle Howard's Collections, 12noon: A show and tell talk with our curatorial team, who'll reveal their favourite items from our collection which showcase the beauty of the natural world. Drop-in, no need to pre-book. 
Saturday 1 July 
  • Gaye Blake Roberts, 12noon: A Passion for Flowers. Gaye is curator at Wedgwood Museum and has worked for Wedgwood for over 35 years. She'll share her passion for decorative porcelain. Drop-in, no need to pre-book. 
  • Martin Fish, 1pm & 2.30pmThe Cutting Garden. Martin is a garden writer and broadcaster and has a wealth of practical gardening experience, having started as an apprentice gardener almost 40 years ago. He'll be sharing tips and advice on growing garden plants for flower arranging. Drop-in, no need to pre-book.  
  • Guided Garden Tours, 10.30am, 11.30am, 1pm, 2pm & 3pm: Join Castle Howard's guides on a walking tour of the Walled Garden or Ray Wood, with a chance to join our Head of Gardens & Landscape on selected tours when he'll share his horticultural know-how. Drop-in, no need to pre-book.
Sunday 2 July 
  • Martin Fish, 1pm & 2.30pm: The Cutting Garden. Martin is a garden writer and broadcaster and has a wealth of practical gardening experience, having started as an apprentice gardener almost 40 years ago. He'll be sharing tips and advice on growing garden plants for flower arranging. Drop-in, no need to pre-book.  
  • Guided Garden Tours, 10.30am, 11.30am, 1pm, 2pm & 3pm: Join Castle Howard's guides on a walking tour of the Walled Garden or Ray Wood, with a chance to join our Head of Gardens & Landscape on selected tours when he'll share his horticultural know-how. Drop-in, no need to pre-book. 
  • The Natural World in Castle Howard's Collections, 12noon: A show and tell talk with our curatorial team, who'll reveal their favourite items from our collection which showcase the beauty of the natural world. Drop-in, no need to pre-book. 

Groups welcome, please pre-book for discounted rates - call our sales team on 01653 648621

Additional Information:

  • Pre-bookable demonstrations take place in the Grecian Hall, which is fully accessible. 
  • Drop-in talks take place in the High South, which is unfortunately not accessible to those with restricted mobility. 
  • Please note, the festival programme is subject to change.
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