Devon’s Academy of Floral Art brought Poltimore House into bloom for the first ever Poltimore Flower Festival

The success of Poltimore house is revealed by the interest it roused through:

  • Being brought to life for a weekend of floral design for the first time
  • 45 floristry students of the Academy of Floral Art past and present participated
  • £4500 raised for the Poltimore Trust.

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Over St George’s Day weekend, just under four hundred flower enthusiasts visited Poltimore House just outside Exeter for the first ever Poltimore Flower Festival. Dozens of stunning floral designs staged throughout the Grade II listed property by 45 students past and present of Devon’s acclaimed Academy of Floral Art which brought Poltimore House to life.

“It was such a real privilege for us to bring Poltimore into bloom for St George’s Day,” said Julie Collins, Principal of The Academy of Floral Art. “At the Academy of Floral Art, we are always seeking out valuable design experiences for our students, and it was wonderful to showcase their creative floristry in such a raw and romantic location as Poltimore House, our local historic landmark.”

The florists from the Academy of Floral Art worked with the Club on the Exe to decorate a number of rooms in Poltimore House such as the entrance hallway, which the florists filled with chairs of all shapes and sizes, each dressed with fresh flowers and foliage to reflect the grand hallway’s former use as a reception room.

In the Music Room, the team designed a specially commissioned floral harp frame and dressed a music book with trailing stems of fresh foliage. The Tudor courtyard and its spiral staircase inspired the florists to create a Knot Garden with a St George’s dragon made from a mix of foliages and Anthuriums, a floral fountain and an archway, whilst in the Drawing Room where the Treaty of Exeter was signed, the florists reconstructed the volume in flowers.

Meanwhile, in the old Operating Theatre left from Poltimore’s time as hospital (1945-1975), the florists adopted a playful, scientific approach, displaying flowers in petri dishes, labelling test tubes with the botanical names of the flowers, and presenting displays in cages and in jars.

We would like to thank all our floral friends and students for their wonderful energy and ideas in this collaboration with Poltimore House and we look forward to our next outing together at RHS Malvern.

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Poltimore harp