Nymans celebrates its flowers

Flowers in front of the traditional fireplace

This week our flower arrangers will be creating a number of displays for the annual 'Celebration of Flowers' event. This year the event is a celebration of the life of Lord Snowdon.

Lord Snowdon and his sister, Susan, at Nymans
Lord Snowdon and his sister, Susan, at Nymans

Lord Snowdon's childhood

Lord Snowdon’s mother Anne Messel was brought up at Nymans and as a child he would come here to visit his grandparents. Later he lived at Nymans in a property called Old House that is located in the woods. Lord Snowdon is said to have been inspired by his theatre designer Uncle Oliver Messel.

Flowers in the Gun Room at Nymans
Flowers in the Gun Room at Nymans

Career

After reading Architecture at Jesus College, Cambridge,Lord Snowdon, also known as Antony Armstrong-Jones, began a flourishing career in photography. He became well known for his society portraits, including the Duke of Kent, Prince Charles, Princess Anne and his wife, Princess Margaret. 

Lord Snowdon's garden in London
Lord Snowdon's garden in London

Lord Snowdon's garden in London

Lord Snowdon created his own garden in Kensington, London. It is an abundance of greenery and was used as an extension of his studio for over forty years. Fuchsias and camellia 'Maud Messel' were Lord Snowdon’s favourite flowers and will be featured in the flower displays this week.

The event starts on Wednesday 21st June and runs until Sunday 25 June 11am - 4pm.  Free admission, normal garden entry applies..