Monday's episode of BBC Two’s Great British Garden Revival included footage of Kelmarsh Hall's walled garden, focussing on cut flowers.
Presenter Rachel de Thame used the walled kitchen garden as her HQ to highlight the benefits of growing your own flowers and the importance of buying from British growers. It was part of a series which looks at reversing the decline in Britain’s horticultural history to encourage the public to turn into a green-fingered nation once again.
Kelmarsh Hall’s in-house florist, Louise Wesley, was interviewed as part of the show and spoke about the legacy left by former Kelmarsh Hall resident, Nancy Lancaster, who loved nothing more than growing traditional British flowers in the gardens and using them to create colourful displays in the Hall during the early part of the 20th century. It is a practice that is still maintained at Kelmarsh Hall today, with volunteer gardeners helping to maintain the kitchen garden to provide the Hall with a regular supply of floral arrangements.
For those who have been inspired by what they saw and would like to hone their own flower-arranging skills, there are a number of workshops led by Louise in the coming year as part of The Flower School at Kelmarsh. From ‘Spring Flowers for the Home’ to ‘Autumnal Bliss’, each workshop will make the most of what’s in season in the Kelmarsh gardens. During the June and September courses, participants will even pick flowers straight from the gardens to work with. For a full list of dates and prices, visit www.kelmarsh.com or call 01604 686543.
In addition, Louise will be holding flower demonstrations for visitors in the kitchen garden on August 14th and 28th from 12 noon to 1pm (included in the garden admission fee).
Call 01604 686543 or email email@example.com to book a place on The Flower School.