- Written by Olivia Spurgeon
- August 01, 2017
Floral stars from around the UK and world will gather at Leeds Castle in Maidstone, Kent in September to transform what has already been described as the lovliest castle in the world into a totally magical one.
Working to the theme ‘An Enchanted Castle’, top names including Simon Lycett, and Dennis Kneepens will be joined by a star studded team of over 30 designers including Phil Hammond from the Dorchester (pictured top right with Simon Lycett and Solomon Leong), Chelsea Florist of the Year Di Marvell and the team at The Academy of Floral Art with Tina Parkes. In addition Oasis® Floral Products, Country Baskets and the newly launched Colombian Flower Council are taking part with major installations and demonstrations.
Pictured above: Tracy Rowbottom of Country Baskets who will be transforming the Barbican Ruins with flowers
Led by Louise Roots, the head florist at Leeds Castle, the design team will gather on 21/22 September to transform the castle into a feast of flowers using over 30,000 different flowers and foliage’s. Brought in specially for the event by the team at Southeast Flowers, who have been supplying the Castle for over 20 years, the castle gates will open up to the public on 23rd September for six days of floral fun.
Pictured above: Louise Roots with Caroline Marshall-Foster and Amy Curtis who wowed last years visitors with a fabulous green and white confection and has even more exciting ideas for the 2017 Festival.
Commenting on the line up, Caroline Marshall-Foster who has been helping Louise with the 2017 Flower Festival said: “I am so excited to see so many new elements and people involved with the Festival this year. I fell in love with Leeds Castle and the whole Festival when I visited last year and offered to help where I could. To see so many of my friends and clients get involved so enthusiastically has been fabulous and I think we are on track for a splendid show that will appeal to florists and consumers alike.”
Pictured above: CMF with (left to right) Mick Stubbe, Dennis Kneepens and Sophie Rumble who will all be returning to Leeds Castle with another stunning display of floristry.
We’ll be bringing you regular updates over the coming weeks, In the meantime the key facts are;The Leeds Castle Flower Festival opens on September 23rd and runs until 28th. Demonstrations will be held throughout the run of the show including presentations by Dennis, Solomon, Simon and a host of other top names. Admission tickets – which are valid for 12 months — cost £24.90 for adults; £21.90 for seniors and visitors with disabilities (carer goes free); £16.90 for children, £13.90 for children with disabilities (age 4–15 years), under 4s free.
Leeds Castle is located near Maidstone in Kent just off Junction 8 of the M20 within easy reach of London. Grounds open at 10am daily and the Castle is open from 10.30am. Last admission is 4.30pm and gates close at 6pm from April to September. Book online in advance for discounted tickets, visit www.leeds-castle.com.