A 'Celebration of Flowers'
This annual week long event begins on Saturday 8 June to celebrate the season’s abundance of flowers and reflects back on Anne, the Countess of Rosse’s love of flower arranging.
This annual week-long event begins on Saturday 8th June. Celebrating the season’s abundance of flowers our team of Volunteer Flower Arrangers follow in the footsteps of Anne, the Countess of Rosse, who filled the house with flowers at this time of year.
In an address given at Anne’s memorial service by John Cornforth, the architectural historian, Anne’s flower arrangements at Birr Castle, her home in Ireland, were given a special mention: ‘On Friday mornings the whole floor of the entrance hall was carpeted with flowers which Anne arranged for the vases all over the house, opulent harmonies of colour and form, and as she separated lilies from the ferns and blended them in graceful clusters her voice trilled like a lark. She had a way with flowers and they had a way with her’.
" A flowerless room is a soul-less room"
Gertrude Jekyll was among the first writers to promote a new style of flower arranging, far less formal than the displays beloved by the Victorians. Constance Spry, in the 1930s, used loose open arrangements of garden flowers in unusual containers, a style Anne herself favoured, and Gertrude's book 'Flower Decoration' became an instant bestseller. We know that she and Anne wrote to each other and that David Masters, Nymans Head Gardener at the time of Anne's residence, provided foliage for Constance Spry's Chelsea exhibits.
Volunteer Flower Arrangers
Every arrangement has been carefully created by one of our team of volunteer flower arrangers, demonstrating their own unique style. The volunteers have worked together on each 'Celebration of Flowers' and 2018 sees the event enter its 11th year. The volunteers have a huge amount of experience, from flower arranging in churches and careers as professional florists to active participants of NAFAS, the National Association of Flower Arrangers.
We hope you enjoy this very special time of the year and have an opportunity to visit.The Celebration of Flowers begins on Saturday 8 June and runs until Friday 14 June.