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Flower Festival: An English Country Garden
Thu 28th June 2018 to Sun 1st July 2018
Event Type: Event for all
Flower Festival

The festival now in its fifth year, will see spectacular floral displays that will transform Castle Howard’s grand interiors into an English Country Garden.

This year’s festival will see a new direction as we welcome a new creative team led by Fiona Pickles – with a mission to bring the wild outdoors inside the House. Fiona is recognised as one of the leading floral designers in the UK. Featured globally, she has appeared in British Vogue and was listed by The Telegraph as one of the Top 20 creative florists in the country. Fiona is a leading advocate for British flowers and was among some of the first florists to embrace this rapidly burgeoning side of floristry.

Her work is inspired by the seasons and everything she does is led by what is available naturally, she is well known for seeing the beauty in the most ‘ordinary’ of things. Creating pieces of floral art, she uses flowers that are lovingly grown, tended and picked or foraged locally, as well as sourcing seasonal products from local growers. Working in partnership with Castle Howard Gardens team this year’s festival will appeal to those with a love of nature and natural gardens. The designs around the House will be driven by the flowers and foliage available around the Castle Howard Estate this year – large installations inspired by the landscape, combining dramatic impact with wild, untamed beauty.

Alongside the installations in the House, the festival will include a series of talks,
demonstrations and workshops from local professional growers and arrangers, with a focus on English grown flowers and tips to grow your own cutting garden.

Please Note: Members of the HHA can enjoy the Flower Festival using their annual free visit.

Please see a full timetable of Free Flower Festival events below;


Flower Festival included within standard admission.

Fiona was supported by a team of talented florists and we are very grateful to each of them. Please see the list below for all contributors...

Alison Hayes  - Flowers from the Garden, Huddersfield
Anna Bell 
Anna Forster - Anna Forster Florals
Becky Hindley - Picking Posies
Bianca de Csernatony - House of Botanica
Bryonie Mott - The Deerkeeper's Wife
Carol Peacock - The Blossom Room 
Caroline Atack - Floral Design by Caroline
Caroline Newland - The Flower Acre
Caroline Young - Violet and Willow 
Cathy Marchant - The Midnight Garden Flower Team 
Claire Clark - Pear Tree House Flowers
Claire Lewis - Constance Lewis Artisan Flowers
Claire Sutton - Fig & Fern Flowers
Clarey Wrightson - Manor Garden 
Di Mackay - Myrtle and Bracken 
Elke Heckel 
Faye Parker - The Allotment Bride Florist 
Fiona Amos - Ode to Flora
Fiona Jones - Fifi Boutique Bespoke 
Fiona Nicholass - Daisy Works
Fran Smith - Limewood Flowers
Gabrielle Reid - Gabriel's Garden 
Gill Hodgson - Field House Flowers
Hannah Brook - Aelisabet Flowers
Jacqui Preston 
Jayne Fisher - Free Spirit Flowers 
Jenny Bell Harman 
Jessica Martin - One Flew Over
Jo Heath - Oxalis Botanical Design 
Jodie Craven - Bee Croft Blooms 
Julia Kirk - Wild Gorse Studio 
Julie Macfarlane - Wolds Way Flowers
Kate Wood - Flowers at 180 
Kate Wraith - Grange Flowers
Kirstie Lancaster - Kirsti Flowers 
Kirstie North and Susie Hart - Rose and Spade
Laura Mellor - Hare and Wilde 
Linda Clark - The Spotted Dog Flower Co. 
Linda Warner - Country Blooms
Liz Mathers Carter - Flower & Fern Floral Design 
Lois Golding - Little Garden Flowers
Min Hedley - Smokebush Floral Design 
Rachel Bradley - The Yorkshire Flower Patch 
Rachel Petheram - Catkin Flowers
Rhian Harding and Jo Cusack - Kindred and Kind 
Sahra Rayner - Willow View Farm 
Sally Pickering - Pickers Cut Flowers and Plants 
Sara Willman - My Flower Patch 
Sarah Flynn - Bloom and Gorgeous 
Sharon Kitchen - Northern Hands
Sue Gillman - Garden of England Flowers
Susanne P Loweth - Beamsley Blooms
Suzie Rush - Picked at Dawn 
Tracey Campbell - Campbell's Flowers
Victoria Ramshaw - The Secret Garden, Ripon 
Wendy Jefferson and Sue Barningham - Holme Flowers

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