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Boat says it with flowers
Published 02/06/14



A MAHOGANY rowing boat was decorated with flowers to celebrate Henley’s natural resources.

The artwork went on show in Market Place on Saturday as part of Chelsea Fringe, an alternative gardening festival.

Florist Jane MacFarlane-Duckworth, from Hambleden, and gardener Victoria Newton, of Stoke Row Road, Peppard Common, both worked on the project and the boat, called the Owl and the Pussycat, was donated by a local family.

Mrs MacFarlane-Duckworth said: “It’s a celebration and acknowledgement that in Henley we’re very lucky as we have these amazing natural resources all around us, including the river. The flowers represent the water and the environment. It’s very simple and low cost.”

Chelsea Fringe runs alongside the Chelsea Flower Show, which is organised by the Royal Horticultural Society.


Mrs MacFarlane-Duckworth said: “The idea is to make gardening more accessible in any way, shape or form over and above what the RHS does. It is all about inclusivity. It’s been running for about three years in London and various other sites.”

Next year there are plans for a flotilla of decorated boats. For more information, call Mrs MacFarlane-Duckworth on 07725 040733 or email jane88@hotmail.co.uk

Published 02/06/14

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