Flower festival plays homage to fascination with nature

Ann Simpson from  New Earswick Flower Club getting the  Georgian kitchen at Fairfax House in York ready for this  year's flower festival.
Ann Simpson from New Earswick Flower Club getting the Georgian kitchen at Fairfax House in York ready for this year's flower festival.
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THE GEORGIAN enthusiasm for all things botanical in the home is being celebrated at a York museum.

The Fairfax House Flower Festival has become a firmly established biennial event and is being staged at the York property, which is one of England’s finest Georgian townhouses.

Marion Croft  from  New Earswick Flower Club getting the main staircase  at Fairfax House in York ready for this year's flower festival.

Marion Croft from New Earswick Flower Club getting the main staircase at Fairfax House in York ready for this year's flower festival.

This year’s creations have been designed by members of the New Earswick Flower Club, who have blended traditional with contemporary design by using fresh flowers, foliage and decorative materials.

Fairfax House’s director, Hannah Phillip, said: “The Georgians particularly loved bringing flowers, both fresh and dried; plants and greenery into their homes, so this festival is a particularly appropriate way of paying homage to their fascination with the natural world.

“Their mania for both domestic and exotic flowers is actually a fascinating topic in its own right - it inspired the ingenious use of the flower in all forms of 18th century decorative art, such as Mary Delany’s magnificent works, as well as seeing botanical illustration and botany really emerge during this period.”

The festival is running until Saturday.