Video: Fairfax House Festival of Flowers

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It is a display of flowers that has been inspired by diamonds, tiaras and coronets.

Flowers and jewels have long been connected through history, with the beauty of the former often inspiring the creation of the latter.

Maragaret Baxter from New Earswick Flower Club  working on the centrepieces of the dining table at Fairfax House in York

Maragaret Baxter from New Earswick Flower Club working on the centrepieces of the dining table at Fairfax House in York

Now, at the Fairfax House Festival of Flowers, at Fairfax House, York, taking place until June 2 the tables are turned and, staged throughout the house’s Georgian interiors, jewels from the museum’s Crowning Glory exhibition will be the inspiration for jewel-themed floral arrangements which have been created by New Earswick Flower Club.

The festival will see a blend of traditional and contemporary design, and bring together fresh flowers, foliage and decorative materials.

Hannah Phillip, director of Fairfax House said: “Georgians particularly loved bringing flowers both fresh and dried, plants and greenery into their homes.

“This festival pays homage to their fascination with the natural world but in a new and contemporary vibrant way.

“The creative work and arrangements for each festival have been undertaken by a different group bringing a new perspective and fresh twist to this opportunity.

“New Earswick Flower Club has a reputation for producing stylish and contemporary flower designs. The design stage has been very intensive and the club has taken great delight in using both the house and the exhibition to inspire their displays for this exhibition.”

Floral Jewels is the third flower festival to be held at Fairfax house; the last in 2011 drew thousands of visitors.

Throughout the festival members of the public will be asked to vote for their favourite displays, with a public choice award being offered for the design voted most original and best-inspired by the space.

Visit the website: www.fairfaxhouse.co.uk for more information.