The eagerly awaited Festival of Flowers returns to Chichester Cathedral from 31st May – 2nd June 2018. Over 80 stunning flower arrangements will transform the majestic architecture of the Cathedral’s Nave, Chapels, Aisles, Tombs and Transepts, which will all be uniquely revealed adorned with flowers.
The theme of the Festival this year is ‘This Earthly Paradise’, and over 250 flower arrangers will interpret Festival Designer, Jose Morum-Pound’s vision. Incorporating plant hunting, botany, horticulture and conservation the Festival celebrates the plants which gave the continents their unique identity and fed the imagination which continues to inspire today’s gardeners and explorers.
The Patron for 2018 is Emma Bridgewater, British Designer and Businesswoman whose distinctive ceramics have a world-wide following. Emma is delighted to support Chichester Cathedral as Patron for the 2018 Festival of Flowers, explaining: ‘I feel a keen sense of anticipation already for that moment when you step into Chichester Cathedral to find it mystically transformed with the scent, colour and beauty of 50,000 flowers’. To celebrate Emma’s support for the event, a limited edition Emma Bridgewater Chichester Cathedral mug has been commissioned. This will be on sale at the Festival.
Chichester Cathedral’s Festival of Flowers is renowned for innovation with new varieties of plants and flowers developed to celebrate each Festival. The 2018 Festival Flower is ‘Nostalgia’, a highly perfumed tea rose whose creamy blooms are uniquely edged with cherry red, supplied by local growers Jonathan and Elizabeth Sawday from Apuldram Roses. Gardener’s World viewers voted the Rose as the plant which has made the biggest impact on gardens over the past 50 years, making the Nostalgia Rose the perfect choice for our 2018 Festival theme.
Chichester Cathedral’s Festival of Flowers is a biennial event organised by Chichester Cathedral Restoration & Development Trust. The Festival attracts 15,000 visitors and has raised approximately £1million towards the cost of restoration work at Chichester Cathedral over the past twenty years. This year’s event is the 12th Festival of Flowers, and funds raised from this will support the re-covering and restoration of the Cathedral’s Roof, a major project which has recently commenced and is expected to take 5 years to complete. Sponsorship for this event will maximise the money raised towards vital restoration. The Cathedral Trust is delighted to have the support of Title Sponsor Rathbones Investment Management.
The Festival of Flowers 2018 will be a three day spectacular: visitors will experience the beauty of Chichester Cathedral adorned with flowers and trees, a programme of live music, a Festival Fair, Plant Fair and Café des Fleurs. The Festival of Flowers will take place from 31st May – 2nd June 2018 (30th May Champagne Preview). Tickets on sale now from: www.chichestercathedral.org.uk
Chichester Cathedral is the Mother Church of the Diocese of Chichester, which almost exactly covers the counties of East and West Sussex and the City of Brighton and Hove, stretching for nearly a hundred miles along the south coast of England.
Further information about the Chichester Cathedral Restoration and Development Trust can be found on www.chichestercathedraltrust.org.uk