Strawberry Hill Flower Festival 

The Strawberry Hill Flower Festival started in 2019, curated between Strawberry Hill House and Floral Creatives Leigh Chappell & Janne Ford.

In 2019, the festival welcomed over 50 floral artists who transformed the House into a garden oasis, drawing inspiration from Horace Walpole and his love of gardening and garden writing – Walpole wrote one of the first ever books on modern gardening.

In 2020, from June 12 – 13, due to Covid-19 and the subsequent House closure, the team at Strawberry Hill worked with Leigh & Janne to curate an online flower festival. Over two days audiences were invited to sign up to a range of online sessions from workshops, behind-the-scenes to demonstrations from some of the UK’s leading floral artists and growers.

Although this years festival is now over, you can still find films, photographs and other content on flowers and growing by searching the hashtag: #StrawberryFlowerFestival. Along with some specially curated films made for our online festival below.

Strawberry Hill Flower Festival 2019. Florist @firenzaflowers. Photo credit @jannelford

Film – Holly-Bee Flowers Studio & Garden

Holly-Bee from Holly-Bee Flowers Studio & Garden offers an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of her beautiful flower garden & cutting studio based in Devon.

Holly-Bee Flowers Studio & Garden

Film – Pig Pen Flowers

Join Kim from Pig Pen Flowers for a cuppa, as she shows you a little bit of her cutting garden and explains the process for a truly authentic seed to bouquet business.

Pig Pen Flowers

Film – Passion Flowers by Emma Spowage

Based in the beautiful North Essex countryside, Emma Spowage, shares a glimpse into her beautiful floral artistry.

‘Passion Flowers by Emma Spowage’

Film – Louise Langdon

Floral Artist Louise Langdon demonstrates a stunning yet simple arrangement.

Louise Langdon – creating stories in flora

Film – Leigh Chappell 

Leigh Chappell – Floral Designer and co-curator of #StrawberryFlowerFestival shares some stunning imagery from an arrangement.

Strawberry Hill Flower Festival Online 2020

Garden expert and Strawberry Hill Patron, Alan Titchmarsh said:

‘As a Patron of Strawberry Hill House, I am delighted that this year’s Flower Festival is moving online. As we all adapt to this new world in which we find ourselves, it’s wonderful that inspiring tales of Horace Walpole’s garden and practical sessions on floristry can be delivered into people’s homes.’

Floral Artists & Growers

Online Sessions – Friday 12 July

Bex Partridge, Author of Everlastings
Bea Andrews, Botanika Floral
Holly-Bee, Holly-Bee Flowers Studio & Garden
Sandra Pullen, Strawberry Hill Tour Guide

Online Sessions – Saturday 13 July

Joanne Truby, Truby floral design
Rachel Wardley, founder of the Tallulah Rose Flower School
Laura Montgomery, Xyris Botanicals
Wolves Lane Flower Company & Alice Vincent

Curated Films

Pig Pen Flowers, Pig Pen Flowers
Emma Spowage, Passion Flowers by Emma Spowage
Leigh Chappell, Leigh Chappell Flowers
Louise Langdon, Louise Langdon Florals
Holly-Bee, Holly-Bee Flowers Studio & Garden

Strawberry Hill Flower Festival Online 2020. Florist @xyrisbotanicals

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