News from the RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival

The Royal Horticultural Society invited Flowers from the Farm to stage the RHS Flower School at the show, and Flowers from the Farm Ambassadors have done them proud. Their farmer-florists have transformed an empty marquee into a welcoming floral paradise with spectacular floral hoops, clouds, urns, and churns of local, seasonal, scented flowers, and an inspirational program of foam-free floral demonstrations and hands-on workshops.

FFTF co-chair Meg Edmonds welcomes visitors to the Flower School marquee.

Churns brimming with seasonal flowers and foliages marked the entrance to the RHS Flower School, and visitors – including the fabulous Art Anderson of BBC Gardeners’ World and Instagrammers Jess & Nick of The House that Colour Built – were welcomed in by Flowers from the Farm Ambassadors in their stand-out pink tops.

Inside the marquee, visitors were met by the sight of a statement floral hoop of dried flowers and eucalyptus suspended from the rafters and flanked by clouds of dried flowers. In front of the stage, the team had created a textural meadow design, and to the sides, flowers billowed from two magnificent urns.

Alice Antcliffe is creating a seasonal floral tablescape for the Flower School.

Gracing the RHS Flower School stage on day one was Alice Antcliff of Meadowfolk, who created a stunning tablescape of flowers from her plot, and Leigh Chappell of Leigh Chappell Flowers, who effortlessly created a dreamy hand-tied bouquet finished with a ribbon of naturally dyed linen.

Each day has seen a different line-up of florists and farmer-florists working with flowers grown by Flowers from the Farm members, including Jill Houston of Little Park Flowers, Simon Lycett, Katie Stone of Featherstone’s English Flower Company, Shane Connolly, Bex Partridge of Botanical Tales and Mairead and Athena of Rebel Rebel. Friday will see Marianne Mogendorff and Camila Klich of Wolves Lane Flower Company demonstrate on stage and the return of Leigh Chappell in the evening. On the final day of the show,  Paul and Helen Stickland of Black Shed Flower Farm will be working their floral magic, followed by Alice McCabe.

Members of the public make buttonholes and corsages from seasonal British flowers.

Ambassadors invited visitors to make their floral buttonhole or mini posy corsage tied with beautiful Flowers from the Farm ribbon.

The RHS Flower School with Flowers from the Farm has been made possible by a brilliant team of flower farmers, who have come together to dress the marquee, talk to visitors, create the designs, supply the flowers and share their knowledge.

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