SALISBURY 750 SPECTACULAR FIVE DAY FLOWER FESTIVAL TUESDAY 17 TO SATURDAY 21 JUNEIssued Tuesday 13th May 2008
Salisbury Cathedral is the setting for the spectacular five day Salisbury 750 Flower Festival from Tuesday 17 through to Saturday 21 June. Come and see the cathedral as you have never seen it before as it is filled with colour and fragrance, coming alive with an extravagance of flowers and amazing floral displays arranged by over 550 flower arrangers from churches and flower clubs from around the Salisbury diocese.
The Festival is masterminded and designed by internationally renowned floral judge and arranger Michael Bowyer, ably assisted by Angela Turner and Pam Lewis. Michael Bowyer said, “A Flower Festival of this magnitude has taken months of planning and hardwork. The creative design team - Pam, Angela and I - have spent many hours putting together some very original displays. We are also indebted to Jan Bayliss who is co-ordinating over 550 wonderful volunteer floral enthusiasts from throughout the diocese in Wiltshire and Dorset as well as members of the National Association of Flower Arranging Societies (NAFAS) .
Our integrated and co-ordinated design encompasses the whole interior of the cathedral. Floral art and flower arranging have changed dramatically over the past decade or so and this will be reflected in our designs which comprise a variety of styles – contemporary, tradition and interpretative. Dried and collage work will also be represented. Individual areas of the building have deliberately been treated in different ways. The nave is filled with strong, bold designs reflecting the colours of the famous ‘Prisoners of Conscience’ window. The Trinity Chapel will contain pale, pastel hanging designs; the North Transept will have brilliant coloured hammocks which will make a fantastic contrast with the cool serenity of white obelisks in the South Transept. Around the eastern end, representatives of the Deaneries have been given a freer hand to produce their own designs to reflect their areas of the Diocese. The Spire Crossing will see some amazing curtains of flowers hung from the arches above.”
Visitors to the Flower Festival, which is open daily from 10.00am with the last admission at 4.00pm, are advised to book early. A timed entry system for those who pre-book has been introduced to minimise queuing. Tickets are available from the Salisbury 750 website (www.salisbury750.co.uk) or from Salisbury Playhouse box office, 01722 320333, adults £8.00, children £6.50. Group rates (£6.50 pp - minimum 15 people) must be booked via the Cathedral's group visits department 01722 555124 or email: email@example.com
Tickets will also be available to buy at the Cathedral for the duration of the Flower Festival.
In addition to the glass-roofed Refectory Restaurant, refreshments will also be available for the duration of the Flower Festival in a marquee on the West Lawn.
In preparation for the Flower Festival, the Cathedral will be closed to visitors all day Monday 16 June.
Meet the team behind the Flower Festival
Michael Bowyer was born in Wiltshire and has lived in Salisbury for nearly 30 years where he runs a wholesale floral business ‘The Flower Cellar’. He is President of the Salisbury Floral Arrangement Society which is affiliated to the National Association of Flower Arranging Societies (NAFAS). With NAFAS, Michael is qualified as a national demonstrator/teacher/judge/speaker and as an accredited adjudicator and instructor.
He has designed flower festivals in Winchester and Canterbury Cathedrals and Romsey Abbey and is currently working on spectacular designs for the Flower Festival to celebrate the 750th anniversary of the completion of Salisbury Cathedral for 2008.
He has demonstrated all over the UK, Spain, Germany, Estonia, Barbados, New Zealand and Canada. In October 2007 he demonstrated to the NAFAS National AGM. He has judged at major flower shows throughout the country and at the World Flower show in 2002. In March 2007 he travelled to Pakistan to train the judges for the 2008 world show.
Throughout the summer of 2006 Michael was involved with the BBC One series The Great British Village Show, featuring Alan Titchmarsh and James Martin as presenters; shows were filmed at various National Trust properties and a grand final at Highgrove.
Michael teaches a 3-year diploma course in floral design for Brockenhurst College.
Angela Turner (NDSF FSF)has worked with flowers and plant material for many years, starting as a trainee florist some 25 years ago. Little did she realise that this was to become a wonderful addiction and way of life!
Having achieved her Society of Floristry & Teaching qualifications, Angela is also a National Demonstrator and Teacher for NAFAS and travels internationally in Europe and most recently Japan demonstrating and teaching her own style of floral design and floristry – very natural with a love of strong colours and clean lines. Add to this a constantly enquiring mind; you will see many materials used in an eclectic way, such as wool and yarn, glass, metal or wood – there will always be a focus on colour and texture in her work.
Always keen to stretch herself, Angela is a willing competitor achieving recognition for her talent along the way. Pondering on design styles and being absorbed by possibilities – it is this dedication and commitment to perfect her work that has culminated in numerous awards including National Interflora Florist of the Year, the coveted Margot Fonteyn Trophy awarded by the Society of Floristry and a Gold Medal in Professional Floristry at Chelsea Flower Show in 2007.
A Past President of the Society of Floristry, Angela has been made an Honorary member in recognition of the many ways she has contributed to the organisation over the years. She currently works as a freelance floral designer and teacher of Floristry & Contemporary Floral Design tutoring workshops for all levels, specialising in current trends and techniques. Maintaining a desire to convey a fun side to her floral design work and well known for her sense of humour, Angela is never happier than when sharing enthusiasm for plants and flowers, inspiring others with her love for all things natural.
Pam Lewis started flower arranging in the early 1980s and within a few years decided to study for her City and Guilds. She taught herself blacksmithing when she could never find the right containers for her designs for exhibitions and shows, and today her original wrought iron containers are very popular and bought and begged for by flower arrangers throughout the land.
The 1980s was a very auspicious decade for Pam’s flower arranging career. Her love of handling natural plant material and gardening led her to join the Devizes Flower Club where she has been a member now for nearly 27 years, twice as chairman. Five years ago Pam was elected to the S.West Area of NAFAS Committee and is currently Chairman. She is a National Demonstrator and has demonstrated throughout the UK, Europe and the Channel Islands. She is also a very keen competitor at local and National Shows, winning several Firsts and other awards at the National Show, and is proud to say she was part of the South West Area team which won a Gold Award at Chelsea in 1995. Pam has organised several flower festivals locally and exhibited at the Canterbury Cathedral Festival of Flowers.
Renowned for her warm down to earth nature and jovial personality, Pam is a fifth generation born and bred in the villages of Marston and Worton, near Devizes, Wiltshire. She has a 2.5 acre garden which she opens, by appointment, throughout the summer. In 2008 it will be entered in the Yellow Book and opened to the general public in April and September.
Jan Bayliss has been responsible for setting up and managing the data base of well over 500 volunteers for this spectacular event. In addition to the organisation which this has involved, Jan has also taken a keen interest in the development of the overall design.
Jan has been involved with plants and flower arranging since winning her first competition at her school fete, aged 12. Her love of flowers developed slowly through church flower arranging until Salisbury Cathedral held its last Festival of Flowers in 1990. This was an awesome experience for her at the time and one which motivated and inspired her to learn more about the mechanics and design of floral art. A member of the Salisbury Floral Arrangement Society, Jan is currently the Programme Secretary. She is a member of the NAFAS Area Teachers’ Association and tutors at Club workshops. In recent years she has won many Firsts, and other awards, at Club, Area and National Shows. Jan loves flower arranging and exhibiting in all guises, both traditional and contemporary. She specialises in wedding work and has been invited to travel as far as Scotland, to do a wedding.
Jan is a NAFAS Area Judge and teacher. She will again be judging the Flower Section at this year’s Salisbury Show.