Chichester Cathedral’s Festival of Flowers is set to display 60 flower arrangements using 50,000 blooms this week.
The event, blossoming with tableaux, gardens and pedestal arrangements, follows the theme of Life In All Its Fullness which aims to explore the “benefits of art, nature and music in healing”.
Volunteers put the final touches to the 60 flower arrangements, created using more than 50,000 blooms, on display at Chichester Cathedral (Andrew Matthews/PA)PA Wire/PA Images – Andrew Matthews
The installations filling the 900-year-old building will be accompanied by a programme of live music, including from the cathedral’s choristers.
Downton Abbey star Hugh Bonneville, who is the patron of this year’s festival said the event has the “capacity to amaze, enrich and delight our senses” in a “magnificent setting of worship and reflection”.
More than 50,000 blooms are on display at the 900-year-old Chichester Cathedral from 8 to 11 June (Andrew Matthews/PA)PA Wire/PA Images – Andrew Matthews
“I am honoured to be the patron of the 2022 Festival of Flowers,” the 58-year-old said.
“After a unique and testing time in our history, the artistry that will be displayed in the cathedral will remind us of our tender connection to nature and to each other, allowing us to celebrate ‘life in all its fullness’.”
Volunteers tend to the blooms, on display at Chichester Cathedral (Andrew Matthews/PA)PA Wire/PA Images – Andrew Matthews
The Very Reverend Stephen Waine, Dean of Chichester, described the festival as a “joyful celebration”.
“The 2022 theme of Life In All Its Fullness will encourage visitors to consider their own health, healing and wholeness, whilst exploring the many beautiful arrangements created by our dedicated team of volunteers.”
Hugh Bonneville is patron of this year’s Festival of Flowers (Ian West/PA)PA Archive/PA Images – Ian West
Designer for the festival Lyn Robinson said arrangers worked with “continued enthusiasm and wonderful dedication”.
The event will run from June 8 – 11.