We are delighted to invite Judith Blacklock (www.judithblacklock.com), to write the first tenants' blog on the Flower Market website.
Judith has flower schools in both New Covent Garden Flower Market and Kensington.
She is an author, broadcaster, teacher, the editor the Flower Arranger Magazine and a great advocate of the Flower Market. In this blog, she gives us a sneak preview of the exciting new floral design event this summer at Chicheley Hall...
"A couple of years ago, while admiring the displays at the Alden Biesen flower show in Belgium, I asked its founder - Lieven Heemschoote - if he could stage a similar event in the UK.
I felt that it was time that we Brits showcased our talents on our own soil, alongside the very best of international design. Twelve months ago, Lieven answered my question (I'm very patient!) - and Flowers at Chicheley was born.
Between 5-7 August 2011, leading floral designers from around the world will descend on Chicheley Hall, Buckinghamshire, which is hosting the UK's biggest cut-flower event.
The beautiful Grade I listed house and its grounds, home to the Royal Society, will be filled with exciting floral designs created by the some of the world’s leading lights.
The very best of British design talent – including Neil Whittaker and David Ragg – will be joined by Gregor Lersch from Germany, Mark Pampling from Australia, Damien Koh from Singapore, Moniek Vanden Berghe from Belgium, Sergey Malyuchenko from Russia, and Robert Koene from Greece.
They will give free demonstrations throughout the three days. And, for those who want to have a go themselves, there are fantastic workshops (including The Perfect Handtied led by me) priced from £45. To book a workshop space, visit www.fleur-events.co.uk).
The event will also stage inventive competitions. Ready Steady Arrange - compered by Dennis van Wonderen and Muriel Simpson of the British Florist Association - sets the men against the ladies.
Observations of the Natural World, a trail of land art scattered through the grounds, will be judged by the Show’s visitors – the most discerning critics - but first they have to find the exhibits.
In Dressing the Tree, we invite designers to decorate 13 of Chicheley's majestic trees in original and innovative ways.
And we are thrilled that Chicheley will host Reflections, the BFA's search for the Florist of the Year, in which colleges, florists and students are invited to create floating designs for the lake. We also hope to inspire future generations with a Woodland Trail for children, which promises to be exciting and educational.
I am enormously grateful to the flower wholesalers who are sponsoring the event.
I want Flowers at Chicheley to be the best in the world, to promote what we British do so well and to bring in visitors from all corners of the globe. We hope it will become an annual favourite on the floral calendar.
Find out more at http://www.fleur-events.co.uk/en/events/flowers-chicheley-hall/home"