Wednesday, 28 July 2021

Art & flowers collide at Chelsea Fringe finale

ABOUT 150 people attended the final event of an alternative gardening festival in Henley

ABOUT 150 people attended the final event of an alternative gardening festival in Henley.

A family fun day took place at Bosley Patch at Swiss Farm to mark to close of Chelsea Fringe Henley, which ran for three weeks.

The event had a Matisse theme and included a living version of the artist?s painting The Snail with a wooden frame filled with flowers including sweet William, hesperus and black elderflower that were collected by children. There were talks by Sarah Smith, a medical herbalist based at the Red Lion Hotel in Henley, and Clare Foster, who is garden editor of Home & Garden magazine.

Acoustic guitarist Dan Austen, of St Mark?s Road, Henley, performed and there was a barbecue, tea and cakes and garden plants for sale.

Tamsin Borlase, a market gardener who organised the event, said: ?It was a huge success. There were a lot of smiling faces and we?re hoping to run it again next year.

?The children had a wonderful time creating the artwork and the final result was better than I could have imagined.?

Jo Wise, of Floral Circus at Oakley Wood Farm, near Benson, organised a floral couture and cocktails evening as part of the festival.

A model wore an outfit made from plants, including a skirt made of copper beech, sweet William and peonies and a veil of black cornflowers and gypsophila.

Guests enjoyed fresh flower cocktails and canapés while being entertained by flamenco dancing.

Mrs Wise, from Swyncombe, said: ?I came across a Matisse painting called The Spaniard a while ago and it stuck with me.

?The lady in the painting seemed to have a story to tell and I could see her covered in flowers. It was so exciting to see the idea come to life.?

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