Northamptonshire Telegraph – Kelmarsh Hall appears on BBC2 show

Viewers inspired by BBC Two’s Great British Garden Revival, which recently featured the cut flowers at Kelmarsh Hall gardens, may be interested in up-coming floristry workshops at the Hall.

Presenter Rachel de Thame filmed much of Monday’s episode in Kelmarsh’s walled kitchen garden to highlight the benefits of growing your own cut flowers and the importance of buying from British growers.

It was part of a series which looks at reversing the decline in Britain’s horticultural history to encourage the public to turn into a green-fingered nation once again.

Kelmarsh Hall’s in-house florist, Louise Wesley, was interviewed as part of the show and spoke about the legacy left by former Kelmarsh Hall resident, Nancy Lancaster, who loved nothing more than growing traditional British flowers in the gardens and using them to create colourful displays in the Hall during the early part of the 20th century.

The practice is maintained at Kelmarsh Hall today, with volunteer gardeners helping to maintain the kitchen garden to provide the Hall with a regular supply of floral arrangements.

For those who would like to hone their flower-arranging skills or even try their hand at a new hobby, there are a number of workshops led by Louise in the coming year as part of The Flower School at Kelmarsh. From ‘Spring Flowers for the Home’ to ‘Autumnal Bliss’, each workshop will make the most of what’s in season in the Kelmarsh gardens.

During the June and September courses, participants will even pick flowers straight from the gardens to work with.

For a full list of dates and prices, visit or call 01604 686543.

In addition, Louise will be holding flower demonstrations for visitors in the kitchen garden on August 14 and 28 from midday to 1pm (included in the garden admission fee).

The Great British Garden Revival episode which features Kelmarsh Hall and aired on Monday (January 6) at 7pm is still available to watch on BBC iPlayer.