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Festival of Flowers 2018 Designer's Theme, Celebrity Patron and Festival Flower Revealed (posted 30 June 2017)

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Festival of Flowers 2018 - Designer's Theme, Celebrity Patron and Festival Flower Revealed

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Festival of Flowers 2016
Festival of Flowers 2016

Today, Chichester Cathedral begins preparations for its Festival of Flowers 2018 with three important announcements.  The Cathedral hosted a celebratory champagne afternoon tea attended by Flower Arrangers and VIPs from across the county who discovered the theme of the Festival, the celebrity Festival Patron, and the Festival Flower for the first time.

The Festival Designer, Mrs Jose Morum-Pound, revealed the theme of the Festival as: 'This Earthly Paradise'.  Jose's passion for plants is undeniable: A keen gardener and floral arranger her appreciation of their beauty and knowledge of their history and use are evident from the design unveiled at today's launch.  Over 240 Flower Arrangers across Sussex have been anticipating the announcement which will inspire over 80 floral arrangements, as the arrangers interpret the theme to sensational effect.  'This Earthly Paradise' will explore plant hunting, botany, horticulture and gardening, celebrating the plants which gave the continents their unique identity and fed the imagination which continues to inspire today's gardeners and explorers.

Emma Bridgewater, Patron
Emma Bridgewater, Patron

Emma Bridgewater, British Designer and Business Woman, whose distinctive ceramics have a world-wide following was announced as the Patron of the 2018 Festival of Flowers.  Emma is delighted to be taking the role, explaining: 'The natural world produces a spiritual and emotional effect on me.  I am really delighted to be involved with the Festival.  I feel a keen sense of anticipation already for that moment when you step into Chichester Cathedral to find it mystically transformed with flowers'.

Chichester Cathedral's Festival of Flowers is renowned for innovation with new varieties of plants and flowers developed to celebrate each Festival.  Jonathan and Elizabeth Sawday from Apuldram Roses also attended the launch and revealed the 2018 Festival Flower 'Nostalgia', a highly perfumed tea rose whose creamy blooms are uniquely edged with cherry red.  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.  In the past there have been new varieties of roses, irises, pinks and sweet peas associated with Chichester Cathedral's Festival of Flowers.

Chichester Cathedral's Festival of Flowers is a biennial event organised by Chichester Cathedral Restoration & Development Trust.  This is the highest revenue earning event in the Trust's portfolio raising vital funds for the restoration of Chichester's 900 year-old Cathedral.  The Festival attracts 15,000 visitors and has raised approximately £1 million towards the cost of restoration work at Chichester Cathedral over the past twenty years.  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 will go sale in autumn 2017.

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