Flower power at the Charterhouse

18 Sep

The Charterhouse sits in a seven-acre historic site in Clerkenwell, housing a 400-year-old almshouse where vulnerable residents still live today.

To protect these residents the Charterhouse is still closed to the public, so the team are bringing their glorious gardens and horticultural know-how to you in this two-day virtual festival, Flower Power.

The festival celebrates all the ways flowers, gardens and gardening bring happiness, solace and are good for physical and mental health. Over the two days a varied and inspiring programme of talks, tours and demonstrations will explore a passion for flowers and highlight the impact of the pandemic, both on the Charterhouse charity and the British flower industry.  

The programme of speakers include:

  • renowned florist Shane Connolly
  • urban landscape designer Todd Longstaffe-Gowan (who designed Charterhouse Square)
  • Ash Edwards (Horatio’s Garden)
  • Ellen Mary (Ellen Mary Gardening)
  • Nicola Bird (The Floral Project)

View the full programme via the Do it now button below.  

All the festival presenters are contributing free of charge to support the Charterhouse, which has been closed to the public for six months in order to protect its vulnerable residents and is facing a dramatic loss in income to its charity. It is still uncertain when the Charterhouse may be able to open again for visits, tours, and private venue hire, so it has been hosting a variety of virtual events to attract support and donations. Places for each Flower Power event can be booked with a donation. 

The festival is curated by Leigh Chappell (Leigh Chappell Flowers) and Sarah Whiting (NettlewoodFlowers).