Autumn Gold at Leeds Castle (01-05/10/2008)

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It is that time of the year once again, when various flower arrangers compete to produce the best design for an allocated room in the castle. Each is given a budget and can choose the flowers that they want for their designs. Visitors were asked to vote for their favourite display. The first prize went to the Queen’s Gallery, which was arranged by Hadlow College floristry department and was a well-deserved winner.

The quoted comments about the flower arrangements were taken from the official prospectus.

This page shows the following rooms:

RoomPrizeAbout the flower arrangements
Seminar Room8th‘1920 elegance to compliment the room’
Lady Baillie’s Dressing Room11th‘A feminine and classic art deco style’
Lady Baillie’s Bedroom9th‘A design inspired by Lady Baillie’s elegance and grace’
Catherine of Aragon Bedroom2nd‘Regal splendour of autumnal colours’
The Top CorridorThe displays in the stairs and corridors were created by the castle florists and so were not eligible for the competition.
The Inner Hall and Main Staircase10th‘The design reflects the time when flower clubs first started, which is the same period as the staircase. The colour is drawn from the marble lion.’
Yellow Drawing Room6th‘The design comes from oriental antiques and silk hangings’
Thorpe Hall Drawing Room3rd‘Inspiration is drawn from the style of the room, focusing on the wood panelling’
LibraryThe library is not always open to the public so the decoration was again the work of the florists.
Front Hall12th‘Autumnal festive design’
Karunesh – For the Joy of It All