The hugely popular Florimania returns to Hampton Court Palace this Mother’s Day weekend, filling the stunning King’s State Apartments with gorgeous scents and beautiful floral displays.
The displays, ranging from the awesome to the ornate, will this year take inspiration from the Field of Cloth of Gold when Henry VIII of England and François I of France met near Calais for a lavish festival, designed to improve relations between the two rival kingdoms. They are set to include a heraldic lion made of woven willow sat proudly by the King’s Staircase, as well as huge arches lining the stone corridors, with arrangements in green and white – the colours of Hampton Court’s most famous resident, King Henry VIII.
Experts from the Royal School of Needlework will share their knowledge of Goldwork at 12:45 and 15:15 every day during Florimania, exploring its history and use in industry, as well as demonstrating the variety of stitches used in this fabulous hand embroidery technique. Specialists from the National Association for Flower Arranging Societies will also be on hand, sharing their tips and tricks through floral demonstrations taking part at 11:30 and 14:00 every day during Florimania.
When visitors have finished enjoying the beautiful floral displays, they can explore the rest of the palace including the Great Hall, the Haunted Gallery and Henry VIII’s Kitchens. Even more floral treats await in the 60 acres of spectacular formal gardens including the glorious Privy Garden and an abundance of spring flowers in the Wilderness. Smaller explorers can enjoy the Magic Garden, where they’ll come face to face with a steam-breathing dragon!
The Florimania display will be part of Hampton Court Palace’s celebrations for the 500th anniversary of the Field of Cloth of Gold, which will also see an exhibition about the event open at the palace from 10 April. Florimania is included in standard palace admission and is free for HRP Members.